Universal Credit: National Rollout — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:11 pm on 28th October 2013.

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Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 3:11 pm, 28th October 2013

My Lords, first, I take the opportunity to congratulate the noble Lord on taking a slightly more relaxed lifestyle on the Back Benches with this portfolio. I pay tribute to him for his formidable contribution over many years from the Front Bench. To deal with his latest and just as formidable contribution, I remind noble Lords that the NAO said in its report:

“Spending so far is a small proportion of the total budget … and it is still entirely feasible that [universal credit] goes on to achieve considerable benefits for society”.