Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:46 pm on 25th March 2013.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 9:46 pm, 25th March 2013

Will the hon. Gentleman give me a moment? I am going to say something about him. He made some serious points about borrowing powers. As he knows, they are being considered in the light of the Silk commission recommendations.

Many Government Members celebrated both the reaching of the £10,000 income tax personal allowance and the reductions in fuel duty, which one or two Opposition Members also welcomed. I will not single out every contribution, but my hon. Friends the Members for Halesowen and Rowley Regis (James Morris) and for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Annette Brooke) spoke passionately about those subjects. They also mentioned housing, including the important role played by affordable housing in the Budget.