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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for the Home Department 12:00 am, 8th January 2018

I can generously deny that I am living in any cloud cuckoo land—to wipe that immediately from the hon. Gentleman’s views. I just think he is being too lenient on these enormous reserves that have been accumulated. They have grown by 150%; they are now 40% of annual revenue. I know that the Labour party is not familiar with careful public finance guarding, but I urge him to take a little more scrutiny to this matter, rather than treating it like some Venezuelan dictatorship.