Clause 58

Part of Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1:30 pm, 25th January 2007

I want to understand the principle on which some of the hon. Lady’s ideas are based. Does she accept that statistics, as a general public good, should be principally funded by general taxation? If so, does she not accept that the Treasury, as the Government’s finance Department—particularly with its responsibility for value for money and accounting for the public good use of that money—should be involved in setting the budget, albeit on different terms than those suggested by the hon. Lady, as I haveset out?