Finance (No. 3) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:16 pm on 12th November 2018.

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Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General 5:16 pm, 12th November 2018

My hon. Friend is entirely right. Of course, it is easy to make pledges when in opposition. Indeed, in the run-up to the last general election the Leader of the Opposition appeared to pledge the abolition of student fees, only to discover that the measure would cost around £100 billion and is totally unaffordable.