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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:36 pm on 8th September 2021.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey 1:36 pm, 8th September 2021

I rise to express sympathy with the point made by Mr Bone about this dribbling out of Budget announcements. These days, we have trinity Budgets, not one Budget: we have Ways and Means motions when it suits the Treasury. The change of behaviour on fiscal issues, Budgets and tax announcements in which the Government are indulging does not lead to decent policy making, and nor does it help Parliament to hold the Government to account. Rather than the ongoing dribbling out of Budget and tax proposals when it suits the Government rather than the House, let us get back to having one fiscal event and one Budget when the Red Book is published so that we can properly hold them to account.