Government Borrowing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th January 2018.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Chancellor of the Exchequer 12:00 am, 16th January 2018

My hon. Friend is right. Our level of debt is too high, and there is a reason why that matters. In response to the financial crisis in 2009, the then Government were able to allow debt to rise. If we had a similar crisis now—God forbid—we would be struggling to be able to do that, because debt is already very close to 90% of GDP. It is urgently necessary that we get our debt level down to create the headroom that will enable us to deal with any crisis that comes along in the future, whether internal or external.