Budget debate continues with attacks on Tory party policy

April 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

The Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills opened the third day of the debate on the Budget with an attack on the opposition.

John Denham told the House:

“The Government are setting out plans to maintain public spending on front-line services to grow them in future.

“That Budget defined the key choice that voters in this country must make between a strategy of maintaining investment and growing our way out of recession and Conservative party policies, which would make things worse.

Tory MP Tony Baldry pointed out that the growth estimate of 0.7% from 2011 compared unfavourably with public spending growth of 2% under Margaret Thatcher.

Mr. Denham was in bullish – and partisan – form.

“That is an extraordinary intervention for the hon. Gentleman to make, when his party demands massive, real cuts this financial year,” he said.

“The Budget sets out real growth in public expenditure and the efficiency savings that will be necessary to ensure that we maintain spending on front-line services.

“It is interesting that the hon. Gentleman asks a question that is designed to divert attention from the policies, with which I am sure he does not agree, of Conservative Front Benchers to do enormous damage to our economy through cuts.”

Click here to read the debate.


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