To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of public spending was accounted for by (1) national insurance-funded pensions, including SERPS and the additional pension, and (2) UK health expenditure, in (a) 1979, (b) 1997, (c) 2010, and (d) 2016.
My Lords, I should first declare my interests as chairman of Hoare’s bank and a director of British Land. I had the privilege as a Treasury official of working on 34 Budgets. If there was any pattern to them, those which attracted the greatest opprobrium on the day turned out to be the most sensible in hindsight. The good news I take from the OBR’s detailed and thorough report is...
My Lords, I should make it clear that I am not an enthusiast for referendums except in the case of national self-determination, and even those should be avoided where possible. I believe the former Prime Minister made a mistake in calling a referendum but the people have spoken and their elected representatives in the other place have chosen to follow the people’s will. Those who...
Entered the House of Lords on 24 October 2016
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