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Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: Will the hon. Lady confirm that on the statistical measure she has just cited, between the first quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of this year—from the beginning to the end of the Parliament—living standards have fallen not risen, on the basis of those numbers?

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: The only way is up.

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: The Business Secretary fought the last election on a promise to stop the Tory VAT bombshell and a promise to abolish tuition fees. Which does he think was the bigger mistake of the two?

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: Will the Business Secretary confirm that because of measures such as the bedroom tax and what has happened to tax credits—things that have happened only because of Liberal Democrat votes—the quintile that has made the second biggest contribution is the poorest 20% of families in our country? Does he feel proud of that?

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: So when a year ago the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his goal of a £7 minimum wage, did the Business Secretary think that was equally an error?

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: It is an honour to open today’s Budget debate. Less than 24 hours after the Budget statement, the truth is becoming clear. For all the Chancellor’s hubris, yesterday’s Budget has changed nothing for working people in our country. He spent an hour telling people that they have never had it so good, but working people are still, on average, £1,600 a year worse off after five years of the...

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: To give way or not to give way, that is the question.

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: People say that empty vessels make the loudest noise. I will set out clearly our approach to deficit reduction, but before I do let us go back to the ineffective right-hand man, who apparently is now standing in front of Downing street holding a yellow Budget box—less reality, more “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. What a shambles! Yesterday we had the Budget, today we had the farce of the...

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: Some men are born great and some have greatness thrust upon them. I think we can say that of the hon. Gentleman, who has served his time in the House with great distinction. Let me take up his challenge.

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: I don’t know. That was all Greek to me. Let us stop wasting time with the ridiculous Liberal Democrats and return to the Chancellor’s Budget. The Chancellor claimed, first, that working people are better off than they were in 2010. How out of touch can you get? No wonder Conservative Back Benchers were so muted in the House of Commons yesterday. They know, as we know, the reality of...

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: I understand the hon. Gentleman’s concerns. I know from reading Hansard that he said to the House a year ago that “for all the huff and puff, when it comes to what it actually puts into and takes out of the economy, the Budget represents a 0.3% change . . . That is somewhat worrying when we consider the very big challenge we face on deficit reduction”.—[ Official Report, 20 March...

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: We know from the autumn statement that the OBR confirmed that the scale of these spending cuts was agreed by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chief Secretary, and the same thing is clear about this Budget document. The OBR says: “This profile is driven by a medium-term fiscal assumption that the Treasury has confirmed ‘represents the Government’s...

Amendment of the Law (19 Mar 2015)

Edward Balls: I am sorry, but I thought the Chancellor was about to stand up and tell us whether he talked to Lord Green about tax avoidance. He knows very well that our policy is to not have any more new free schools, and our £230 million saving is based on that. We will make fairer choices, reversing this Government’s £3 billion-a year tax cut—[Interruption.] Does the Chancellor want to intervene?...

Isil: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (23 Feb 2015)

Edward Balls: (Urgent Question): To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the HSBC tax evasion scandal.

Isil: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (23 Feb 2015)

Edward Balls: Finally, the Chancellor has been dragged to the House to answer questions about the HSBC scandal, which broke a full two weeks ago. At a time when the living standards of working people are squeezed, when our public services are under pressure, when HSBC is paying out high bonuses and when the amount of uncollected tax has gone up under this Government, we need proper answers, not another...

Isil: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (23 Feb 2015)

Edward Balls: We know when they shout that it is because they have something to hide, Mr Speaker. That is the truth. First, let me ask the Chancellor about what he knew and when. Two weeks ago, Downing street announced that no Minister found out about the HSBC issues until two-and-a-half weeks ago. At the weekend, the Chancellor said that he should not be involved in the tax dealings of any individual...

Isil: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (23 Feb 2015)

Edward Balls: indicated assent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Feb 2015)

Edward Balls: Come to Morley and Outwood.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Insurance (27 Jan 2015)

Edward Balls: He is a champion!


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