Equality — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:44 pm on 8 February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury 2:44, 8 February 2011

My Lords, we took some very difficult decisions about which of the previous Government's measures we would continue with and which we would not. The principal measure of the previous Government that we did not continue with was the full national insurance tax-the jobs tax-which would have been a significant drag on the growth prospects of this economy. Of course it was right that we should take into account the distributional effect of the total package of measures that we put through as a Government this year in the Budget and in the spending review. That is just what we have done.