British Retail — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:04 pm on 6th March 2013.

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Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Conservative, Nuneaton 3:04 pm, 6th March 2013

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. If my right hon. Friend the Chancellor sought to freeze business rates, I would expect him to do so in a way that balances the books. It is certainly not the Conservative-led Government’s policy to do things that impact further on the deficit. The hon. Gentleman and the Labour party are advocating an increase in the deficit instead of reducing it as the Government are doing.