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Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 23rd March 2011.

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Photo of Stuart Bell Stuart Bell Labour, Middlesbrough 2:00 pm, 23rd March 2011

I was much amused when statements were made about how the debt was reduced, how much we had to pay off and how much the Labour Government borrowed. In the month of February, the Government borrowed £11 billion when they should have borrowed £8 billion. It is perfectly correct that we have mixed up the structural deficit with the overall deficit, but public spending will continue to go up. There was a certain sleight of hand from the Chancellor when he made his Budget speech.