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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 Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 5:16 pm, 12th November 2018

My right hon. Friend is an excellent Minister, knocking on the door of the Cabinet, so I am sure he will agree with everything—[Interruption.] I know he is one of us, too. Is he slightly concerned that we are increasing spending by £30 billion a year up to 2023 and that we are taking out of the state the same proportion as Gordon Brown took out? As a fellow traveller in the Conservative cause, can he convince me that he is committed, as I am and those on our Benches are, to reducing government debt?