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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 3:00 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams Liberal Democrat, Bristol West 3:00 pm, 23rd April 2013

This is a triangular intervention because I will try to answer the point made by the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead. The probable reason why no one on these Benches wishes to say why the Government should not do a review to help out the Labour party is that the Government publish reviews all the time. They publish a Red Book for the Budget and a Green Book for the autumn statement. The Office for Budget Responsibility and the Office for National Statistics do reviews. All of those reviews are on the record.

Since the general election the Labour party has pocketed £13 million from taxpayers of Short money to help with policy development and analysis while in Opposition. Perhaps they could spend some of that money and publish some reviews themselves.