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The other point that the hon. Member for Braintree made was that we were in a very different economic climate in 2010. I would agree with him, because the economy was growing. The economy has stagnated since, under this Government’s policies and on this Government’s watch. We have had a double-dip recession and a double downgrade from the credit ratings agency.
I remind Committee members that the Government have set great store from day one on transparency and on making information readily available to the public. Government Members should have no qualms about supporting our amendments that call, very reasonably, for an impact assessment of the changes in tax and benefits, and overall, of the impact of the Government’s Budget measures on ordinary people up and down the country. Our proposals would facilitate the proper scrutiny of the Government’s policies and enable everybody to make a proper judgment of their impact, so that rather than us arguing about them in Committee, ordinary members of the public could see the true measures that the Government are subjecting the country to.
As I certainly get the indication from Government Front-Bench Members that they are not willing to support our amendment, we will press both amendments to a vote.