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Clause 2 - Personal allowance for 2013-14 for those born after 5 April 1948

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth 4:45 pm, 23rd April 2013

I wonder whether my hon. Friend, like me, wants to get back to the nub of the issue. Essentially, we have a Government who have four completely different policies. We are talking about quotes and things that different people have said, but perhaps we should be listening more to what the Business Secretary said back in March:

“The basic point is that we are in a very difficult position, we are facing an economy that is not growing, or only a bit. We have got to try things. We don't want to be Japan with a decade of no growth.”

We are hearing the Chancellor, the Prime Minister, and others saying completely different things all over the place. Should we not be listening to the Business Secretary?