Public Expenditure — 21 Dec 1999
John Prescott MP, Kingston upon Hull East voted with the majority (No).
I beg to move,
That this House welcomes the action taken by this Government to build a platform of stability for the British economy, in contrast to the boom and bust of the past; welcomes the new monetary policy framework put in place by this Government, which is delivering stability and steady growth; notes that the Conservative Party opposes Bank of England independence; welcomes the new public spending framework which is delivering an additional £40 billion for health and education; notes that the Conservative Party is opposed to this extra investment; welcomes the fact that this Government is doubling public sector net investment after so many years of neglect; welcomes this Government's programme of reform in the public services and thanks public and voluntary sector workers for their contribution to delivering strong public services for all.
I beg to move, To leave out from "House" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:
"notes that, according to Government figures, the burden of taxation has risen from 35.3 per cent. of GDP (1996/97) to 37.4 per cent. by April 1999; condemns this increase in the burden of taxation since the Government took office and the increase in business regulations which has accompanied it; condemns the Government's failure to achieve the promised improvements in public services while at the same time waste in the public sector has increased; and, while welcoming the Government's health and education spending increases, regrets that these have not been accompanied by the promised reform of social security expenditure which is set to rise by more than £30 billion over the next three years."
Question , That the Question be now put, put and agreed to .
The House divided: Ayes 125, Noes 306.
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|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||125 (+2 tell)||0||78.9%|
|Lab||299 (+2 tell)||0||0||72.2%|