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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Yvette Cooper): We have had four days of debate on Budget measures. We heard from my right hon. Friends the Members for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Mr. Clarke) and for Neath (Mr. Hain) about the importance of not returning to the policies of the 1980s, which had such devastating consequences for Britain. We heard from the hon. Members for Gainsborough (Mr. Leigh) and for Belfast, North (Mr. Dodds), who talked about the importance of efficiency savings; many of the kinds of things they mentioned are under way as a result of the operational efficiency review. We heard from my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham (Dr. Blackman-Woods), and from the hon. Members for Hornsey and Wood Green (Lynne Featherstone) and for Foyle (Mark Durkan), about the value of support for those who are losing their jobs. We heard, too, from the hon. Members for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond), for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) and for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes), who argued for the importance of public spending cuts.

We hold this debate at a difficult time for the British economy and the world economy. For the first time since the second world war, the economy of the entire world is shrinking. Many of the biggest banks in the world have had to be rescued by their national Governments. World trade has dropped. By the end of last year, the German economy had shrunk by 3.1 per cent., the
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Japanese economy by 4.6 per cent., and the UK economy by 2.3 per cent. The world stock market is down £30 trillion from its peak in 2007. So, as we agreed at the G20 summit, it is vital that every Government act to support their economy through a difficult time. That is why this Budget sets out further measures to help those who lose their jobs, to help those fearful of losing their homes, to help businesses struggling to invest, and to help savers affected by interest rate reductions—all measures to support the economy at a difficult time. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions set out proposals for £5 billion of extra investment to help the unemployed: extra help and advice; extra training places; golden hellos for employers who take someone on; and now a jobs guarantee backed by 250,000 new jobs. I think that those are the most important measures in the Budget, because we should never go back to the travesty of long-term youth unemployment that we saw in the 1980s.

Before today’s debate I had assumed from the statements of Conservative Front Benchers that they opposed the extra help for the unemployed, but the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) said that she supported it. As we made clear, this is £5 billion of extra spending over this year and next, paid for primarily by additional short-term borrowing; it is part of the fiscal stimulus. Again, I give her an opportunity to tell the House whether she supports the extra investment for the unemployed and has done a U-turn on the fiscal stimulus, or opposes the additional £5 billion of investment over the next two years to support the unemployed. I give Conservative Front Benchers the opportunity to intervene—Back Benchers may also want to do so—to tell us whether they support the £5 billion of additional investment to help the unemployed. The right hon. Lady said that she did, yet the shadow Chancellor has said that he does not. Do they support extra investment to support the unemployed, or not? Do they support the fiscal stimulus, or not? [ Interruption. ] They are saying that it is not £5 billion. We have set out £5 billion of additional spending over this year and next as part of the pre-Budget report, and yet Conservative Members refuse to support it.

Let us turn to business, where the same question applies. The shadow— [ Interruption. ]

Mr. Speaker: Order. The Chief Secretary should be allowed to address the House properly. [ Interruption. ] Order. Far too many right hon. and hon. Members are interfering.

Yvette Cooper: I have offered Opposition Members the opportunity to get to their feet and tell me what their policy is, but they repeatedly refuse.

I shall set out the issue for business. As part of the Budget, we have set out additional capital allowances for business. The right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke), the shadow shadow Chancellor, said in yesterday’s debate that he agreed with those measures, but they, too, are part of the fiscal stimulus, funded by more than £1 billion of extra borrowing this year. We will get extra revenue in future years as a result.

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Do the Opposition support those tax allowances and the extra funding for business, or would they prefer the shadow Chancellor’s approach? He has argued that in fact we should cut such tax allowances and make it harder for businesses to invest in the future. No Opposition Member will tell us what they think about policies to help the unemployed and businesses. Those are the measures in our Budget that we are debating today, and the Opposition have refused to support them. They refuse to support the economy through a downturn and a recession, and they refuse to back the additional support that the economy needs.

The Budget also set out extra help for families, savers and pensioners, and of course we have the sustained cut in VAT. The hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) has opposed that, yet independent economists are now saying that it is working to support the economy and retail sales. The total fiscal stimulus is likely to reduce the drop in national income by 0.75 per cent, yet Opposition Members have opposed that action to reduce the severity of the recession.

Alongside the action on interest rates and the action to safeguard people’s savings in the banking system and get banks lending again, those measures are supporting more than 500,000 jobs, but again, the Conservatives are opposing that. When we debated the last Budget 12 months ago, their soundbite of the month was that they wanted a Government who got off people’s backs. It turns out that they wanted a Government who turn their back, just as their party did in the ’80s and ’90s.

The right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe argued yesterday that we could not afford to support the economy in this way. The truth is that we cannot afford not to. If we do not take action now, this recession will run longer and deeper, push debt up higher and cost us all more in the long run. The Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has said:

We can afford to support the economy right now, because our public sector debt when the credit crunch hit was one of the lowest in the G7. That is why the IMF said:

But yes, public finances are being affected here, as they are across the world. Tax revenues from the City have been particularly hit, but we have automatic strong support for families during an economic downturn built into our tax credit and welfare system.

The IMF forecast, on which Opposition Members are so keen, is still that UK public sector debt, when it is at its highest level in a few years, will be below that of Germany and the US, significantly below that of Japan and Italy and only slightly higher than that of France. Every one of those countries is backing increased Government action to support their economies right now, because they know, as we know, that we cannot cut our way out of recession. We have to invest and grow our way through a downturn such as this.

There is a clear choice. The Conservatives are offering a very different approach to recession. Not only are they opposing all the extra support to help our economy
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recover, they want to go further and make cuts in the budgets with which public services are operating right now. The right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron) has said:

It is time that the Conservatives told us what their plans for this year and next would really mean. They previously told us that they wanted £5 billion of cuts in the budgets that people are already spending this year. On Wednesday, the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) said that they would deliver £6 billion more in 2010. On Sunday, his party leader said:

He later said,

So which is it—£5 billion, £6 billion, £20 billion? The shadow Chief Secretary should watch out; his figures look positively profligate compared with those of his boss.

However, Conservative Members have never said where any of the savings would come from. They say the NHS computer, yet they have admitted that there are no savings to be found. They say ContactPoint, yet that recommendation of the Laming review costs £40 million to run and saves more than £80 million across services. They say tax credits for households on over £50,000, but that includes couples, both on the average wage, who form 0.2 per cent. of the tax credit bill—less than £40 million. That is not £5 billion of cuts, but tinkering. Again, Conservative Members play hide and seek and do not tell people where their axe would fall.

The Conservatives were a bit more open in February when they described specific restrictions on departmental budgets. Housing would lose £810 million in the middle of a recession, and education and training would lose £910 million this year—equivalent to cutting 220,000 apprenticeships now. That is economic madness. It is economically dangerous, not just today, but for the future. Such cuts would not only delay recovery, but push up the bills of recession and leave the Conservatives making even more cuts in future.

There will be tough choices for the future. The Budget sets out plans to halve borrowing over four years, because we need it to decrease, and we need those on the highest incomes to pay more. That is a fair way in which to help reduce borrowing. Public spending budgets will be tighter, which means setting priorities, and we will do that as part of the spending review. However, we have been clear: we will continue to support front-line services and we believe that it is right to reduce borrowing step by step, steadily as the economy grows, precisely so that we can continue to safeguard public services for the future. It is not the shock and awe approach of the Conservative party, which appears to want immediate cuts in borrowing and public services.

In the four-day debate, some Conservative Back Benchers have been literally salivating at the prospect of spending cuts. So much for modern, compassionate Conservatism and backing investment in public services. The right hon. Member for Witney has let the dogs off the leash
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and they are slavering for the flesh of the NHS. There are serious choices to make and the Conservatives are making different choices. We should listen to the glee with which the right hon. Gentleman calls for austerity. For whom does he want austerity? He wants austerity for public services and couples on the average wage who get tax credits, but not for the millionaires, whose tax increases he wants reviewed. He wants no austerity for millionaires’ estates, to which he would give more money. Three thousand of the richest estates in the country would get an average of £200,000 each. At the weekend, the right hon. Gentleman said, “that will be done.”

Conservatives say that the economic circumstances are so severe that they must ditch their plans to support our investment in public services. Yet the economic circumstances are clearly not sufficiently severe for them to drop their commitment to tax breaks for millionaires. That is shocking—a shocking set of priorities from the Conservative party, which would rather defend tax breaks for millionaires’ estates than public services. They would rather cut investment in apprenticeships and housing in the middle of a recession than support action to help the unemployed and people who need our help now, so that we can get through the recession faster, come through it stronger and build for recovery.

We have set out our Budget for the future and plans not only to help the British economy through the world recession, but to build for the long term.

I commend the Budget to the House.

Question put and agreed to.


The Speaker put forthwith the Questions necessary to dispose of the motions made in the name of the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Standing Order No. 51(3)).

2. Income Tax (charge and main rates for 2009-10)


(1) Income tax is charged for the tax year 2009-10.

(2) For that tax year—

(a) the basic rate is 20%, and

(b) the higher rate is 40%.

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3. Income tax (basic rate limit for 2009-10)


(1) For the tax year 2009-10 the amount specified in section 10(5) of the Income Tax Act 2007 (basic rate limit) is replaced with “£37,400”.

(2) Accordingly, section 21 of that Act (indexation of limits), so far as relating to the basic rate limit, does not apply for that tax year.

(3) This Resolution does not require a change to be made in the amounts deductible or repayable under PA YE regulations before 18 May 2009.

4. Income Tax (Personal Allowance for 2009-10 for those Aged Under 65)



(1) For the tax year 2009-10 the amount specified in section 35 of the Income Tax Act 2007 (personal allowance for those aged under 65) is replaced with “£6,475”.

(2) Accordingly, section 57 of that Act (indexation of allowances), so far as relating to the amount specified in section 35 of that Act, does not apply for that tax year.

(3) This Resolution does not require a change to be made in the amounts deductible or repayable under PAYE regulations before 18 May 2009.

5. Corporation tax (charge and main rates for financial year 2010)

Question put,


(1) Corporation tax is charged for the financial year 2010.

(2) For that year the rate of corporation tax is—

(a) 28% on profits of companies other than ring fence profits, and

(b) 30% on ring fence profits of companies.

The House proceeded to a Division.

Mr. Speaker: I ask the Serjeant at Arms to investigate the delay in the Aye Lobby.

The House having divided: Ayes 302, Noes 243.
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Abbott, Ms Diane
Ainger, Nick
Ainsworth, rh Mr. Bob
Alexander, rh Mr. Douglas
Allen, Mr. Graham
Anderson, Mr. David
Anderson, Janet
Armstrong, rh Hilary
Atkins, Charlotte
Austin, Mr. Ian
Baird, Vera
Balls, rh Ed
Banks, Gordon
Barlow, Ms Celia
Barron, rh Mr. Kevin
Battle, rh John
Bayley, Hugh
Beckett, rh Margaret
Begg, Miss Anne
Bell, Sir Stuart
Benn, rh Hilary
Benton, Mr. Joe
Berry, Roger
Betts, Mr. Clive
Blackman, Liz
Blackman-Woods, Dr. Roberta
Blears, rh Hazel
Blizzard, Mr. Bob
Blunkett, rh Mr. David
Borrow, Mr. David S.
Bradshaw, Mr. Ben
Brennan, Kevin

Brown, Lyn
Brown, rh Mr. Nicholas
Brown, Mr. Russell
Browne, rh Des
Bryant, Chris
Buck, Ms Karen
Burden, Richard
Burnham, rh Andy
Butler, Ms Dawn
Byers, rh Mr. Stephen
Byrne, rh Mr. Liam
Cairns, David
Campbell, Mr. Alan
Campbell, Mr. Ronnie
Caton, Mr. Martin
Cawsey, Mr. Ian
Challen, Colin
Chapman, Ben
Chaytor, Mr. David
Clark, Paul
Clarke, rh Mr. Charles
Clarke, rh Mr. Tom
Clelland, Mr. David
Clwyd, rh Ann
Coaker, Mr. Vernon
Coffey, Ann
Cohen, Harry
Connarty, Michael
Cooper, Rosie
Cooper, rh Yvette
Corbyn, Jeremy
Cousins, Jim
Crausby, Mr. David
Creagh, Mary
Cruddas, Jon
Cryer, Mrs. Ann
Cummings, John
Cunningham, Mr. Jim
Cunningham, Tony
Darling, rh Mr. Alistair
David, Mr. Wayne
Davidson, Mr. Ian
Davies, Mr. Dai
Davies, Mr. Quentin
Dean, Mrs. Janet
Denham, rh Mr. John
Devine, Mr. Jim
Dhanda, Mr. Parmjit
Dismore, Mr. Andrew
Dobbin, Jim
Dobson, rh Frank
Donohoe, Mr. Brian H.
Doran, Mr. Frank
Dowd, Jim
Drew, Mr. David
Eagle, Angela
Eagle, Maria
Efford, Clive
Ellman, Mrs. Louise
Engel, Natascha
Ennis, Jeff
Farrelly, Paul
Fisher, Mark
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Flello, Mr. Robert
Flint, rh Caroline
Follett, Barbara
Foster, Mr. Michael (Worcester)
Foster, Michael Jabez (Hastings and Rye)
Francis, Dr. Hywel
Gardiner, Barry
George, rh Mr. Bruce
Gerrard, Mr. Neil
Gibson, Dr. Ian
Gilroy, Linda
Godsiff, Mr. Roger
Goggins, Paul
Goodman, Helen
Griffith, Nia
Griffiths, Nigel
Grogan, Mr. John
Gwynne, Andrew
Hain, rh Mr. Peter
Hall, Mr. Mike
Hall, Patrick
Hamilton, Mr. David
Hanson, rh Mr. David
Harris, Mr. Tom
Havard, Mr. Dai
Healey, rh John
Hendrick, Mr. Mark
Hepburn, Mr. Stephen
Heppell, Mr. John
Hesford, Stephen
Hewitt, rh Ms Patricia
Heyes, David
Hill, rh Keith
Hodgson, Mrs. Sharon
Hoey, Kate
Hope, Phil
Hopkins, Kelvin
Howarth, rh Mr. George
Howells, rh Dr. Kim
Hoyle, Mr. Lindsay
Hughes, rh Beverley
Humble, Mrs. Joan
Hutton, rh Mr. John
Iddon, Dr. Brian
Ingram, rh Mr. Adam
Irranca-Davies, Huw
Jackson, Glenda
James, Mrs. Siân C.
Jenkins, Mr. Brian
Johnson, rh Alan
Johnson, Ms Diana R.
Jones, Mr. Kevan
Jowell, rh Tessa
Joyce, Mr. Eric
Kaufman, rh Sir Gerald
Keeble, Ms Sally
Keeley, Barbara
Keen, Alan
Keen, Ann
Kelly, rh Ruth
Kemp, Mr. Fraser
Kennedy, rh Jane
Khan, Mr. Sadiq
Kidney, Mr. David
Kilfoyle, Mr. Peter
Knight, rh Jim
Kumar, Dr. Ashok
Ladyman, Dr. Stephen
Lammy, rh Mr. David
Laxton, Mr. Bob
Lazarowicz, Mark
Levitt, Tom
Linton, Martin
Lloyd, Tony
Love, Mr. Andrew
Lucas, Ian
Mackinlay, Andrew
Mactaggart, Fiona

Mahmood, Mr. Khalid
Malik, Mr. Shahid
Mallaber, Judy
Mann, John
Marris, Rob
Marsden, Mr. Gordon
Marshall-Andrews, Mr. Robert
Martlew, Mr. Eric
McAvoy, rh Mr. Thomas
McCabe, Steve
McCarthy, Kerry
McCarthy-Fry, Sarah
McCartney, rh Mr. Ian
McDonagh, Siobhain
McDonnell, John
McFadden, rh Mr. Pat
McFall, rh John
McGovern, Mr. Jim
McIsaac, Shona
McKechin, Ann
McKenna, Rosemary
McNulty, rh Mr. Tony
Meacher, rh Mr. Michael
Merron, Gillian
Michael, rh Alun
Milburn, rh Mr. Alan
Moffatt, Laura
Moon, Mrs. Madeleine
Morden, Jessica
Morgan, Julie
Morley, rh Mr. Elliot
Mudie, Mr. George
Mullin, Mr. Chris
Munn, Meg
Murphy, Mr. Denis
Murphy, rh Mr. Paul
Naysmith, Dr. Doug
Norris, Dan
O'Brien, Mr. Mike
Olner, Mr. Bill
Owen, Albert
Palmer, Dr. Nick
Pearson, Ian
Plaskitt, Mr. James
Pope, Mr. Greg
Pound, Stephen
Prentice, Bridget
Prentice, Mr. Gordon
Primarolo, rh Dawn
Prosser, Gwyn
Purchase, Mr. Ken
Purnell, rh James
Raynsford, rh Mr. Nick
Reed, Mr. Andy
Reed, Mr. Jamie
Reid, rh John
Riordan, Mrs. Linda
Robertson, John
Robinson, Mr. Geoffrey
Rooney, Mr. Terry
Roy, Mr. Frank
Roy, Lindsay
Ruane, Chris
Ruddock, Joan
Russell, Christine
Ryan, rh Joan
Salter, Martin
Sarwar, Mr. Mohammad
Seabeck, Alison
Sharma, Mr. Virendra
Shaw, Jonathan
Sheerman, Mr. Barry
Sheridan, Jim
Simon, Mr. Siôn
Simpson, Alan
Skinner, Mr. Dennis
Slaughter, Mr. Andy
Smith, rh Mr. Andrew
Smith, Ms Angela C. (Sheffield, Hillsborough)
Smith, Angela E. (Basildon)
Smith, Geraldine
Smith, rh Jacqui
Smith, John
Snelgrove, Anne
Soulsby, Sir Peter
Southworth, Helen
Spellar, rh Mr. John
Starkey, Dr. Phyllis
Stewart, Ian
Stoate, Dr. Howard
Straw, rh Mr. Jack
Stringer, Graham
Sutcliffe, Mr. Gerry
Tami, Mark
Taylor, Ms Dari
Taylor, David
Thornberry, Emily
Timms, rh Mr. Stephen
Tipping, Paddy
Todd, Mr. Mark
Touhig, rh Mr. Don
Trickett, Jon
Truswell, Mr. Paul
Turner, Dr. Desmond
Turner, Mr. Neil
Twigg, Derek
Ussher, Kitty
Vaz, rh Keith
Walley, Joan
Waltho, Lynda
Ward, Claire
Wareing, Mr. Robert N.
Watson, Mr. Tom
Watts, Mr. Dave
Whitehead, Dr. Alan
Wicks, rh Malcolm
Williams, rh Mr. Alan
Wills, rh Mr. Michael
Wilson, Phil
Winnick, Mr. David
Winterton, rh Ms Rosie
Wood, Mike
Woodward, rh Mr. Shaun
Woolas, Mr. Phil
Wright, Mr. Anthony
Wright, David
Wright, Mr. Iain
Wright, Dr. Tony
Wyatt, Derek
Tellers for the Ayes:

Helen Jones and
Chris Mole

Afriyie, Adam
Ainsworth, Mr. Peter
Alexander, Danny
Amess, Mr. David

Arbuthnot, rh Mr. James
Bacon, Mr. Richard
Baker, Norman
Baldry, Tony
Barker, Gregory
Baron, Mr. John
Barrett, John
Beith, rh Sir Alan
Bellingham, Mr. Henry
Benyon, Mr. Richard
Bercow, John
Beresford, Sir Paul
Blunt, Mr. Crispin
Bone, Mr. Peter
Bottomley, Peter
Brady, Mr. Graham
Brake, Tom
Brazier, Mr. Julian
Breed, Mr. Colin
Brokenshire, James
Brooke, Annette
Browne, Mr. Jeremy
Browning, Angela
Bruce, rh Malcolm
Burns, Mr. Simon
Burrowes, Mr. David
Burstow, Mr. Paul
Burt, Alistair
Burt, Lorely
Butterfill, Sir John
Cable, Dr. Vincent
Campbell, Mr. Gregory
Campbell, rh Sir Menzies
Carmichael, Mr. Alistair
Carswell, Mr. Douglas
Cash, Mr. William
Chope, Mr. Christopher
Clark, Greg
Clegg, rh Mr. Nick
Clifton-Brown, Mr. Geoffrey
Conway, Derek
Cormack, Sir Patrick
Cox, Mr. Geoffrey
Crabb, Mr. Stephen
Curry, rh Mr. David
Davey, Mr. Edward
Davies, David T.C. (Monmouth)
Davies, Philip
Djanogly, Mr. Jonathan
Dodds, Mr. Nigel
Donaldson, rh Mr. Jeffrey M.
Dorrell, rh Mr. Stephen
Dorries, Nadine
Duncan, Alan
Duncan Smith, rh Mr. Iain
Dunne, Mr. Philip
Durkan, Mark
Ellwood, Mr. Tobias
Evennett, Mr. David
Fabricant, Michael
Fallon, Mr. Michael
Farron, Tim
Featherstone, Lynne
Field, Mr. Mark
Foster, Mr. Don
Fox, Dr. Liam
Francois, Mr. Mark
Fraser, Christopher
Gale, Mr. Roger
Garnier, Mr. Edward
Gauke, Mr. David
George, Andrew
Gibb, Mr. Nick
Gidley, Sandra
Gillan, Mrs. Cheryl
Goldsworthy, Julia
Goodman, Mr. Paul
Goodwill, Mr. Robert
Gove, Michael
Grayling, Chris
Green, Damian
Greening, Justine
Grieve, Mr. Dominic
Gummer, rh Mr. John
Hague, rh Mr. William
Hammond, Mr. Philip
Hammond, Stephen
Hands, Mr. Greg
Harper, Mr. Mark
Harris, Dr. Evan
Harvey, Nick
Hayes, Mr. John
Heath, Mr. David
Hemming, John
Hendry, Charles
Herbert, Nick
Hermon, Lady
Hoban, Mr. Mark
Hogg, rh Mr. Douglas
Hollobone, Mr. Philip
Holloway, Mr. Adam
Holmes, Paul
Horwood, Martin
Hosie, Stewart
Howard, rh Mr. Michael
Howarth, David
Howarth, Mr. Gerald
Howell, John
Hughes, Simon
Huhne, Chris
Hunter, Mark
Hurd, Mr. Nick
Jackson, Mr. Stewart
Jenkin, Mr. Bernard
Jones, Mr. David
Kawczynski, Daniel
Kennedy, rh Mr. Charles
Key, Robert
Knight, rh Mr. Greg
Kramer, Susan
Laing, Mrs. Eleanor
Lait, Mrs. Jacqui
Lamb, Norman
Lancaster, Mr. Mark
Lansley, Mr. Andrew
Laws, Mr. David
Leech, Mr. John
Leigh, Mr. Edward
Letwin, rh Mr. Oliver
Lewis, Dr. Julian
Liddell-Grainger, Mr. Ian
Lidington, Mr. David
Lilley, rh Mr. Peter
Llwyd, Mr. Elfyn
Loughton, Tim
Mackay, rh Mr. Andrew
Maclean, rh David
Main, Anne
Mason, John
Maude, rh Mr. Francis
May, rh Mrs. Theresa
McCrea, Dr. William
McGrady, Mr. Eddie

McIntosh, Miss Anne
McLoughlin, rh Mr. Patrick
Mercer, Patrick
Miller, Mrs. Maria
Milton, Anne
Mitchell, Mr. Andrew
Moore, Mr. Michael
Mulholland, Greg
Murrison, Dr. Andrew
Neill, Robert
O'Brien, Mr. Stephen
Osborne, Mr. George
Ottaway, Richard
Paice, Mr. James
Paterson, Mr. Owen
Pelling, Mr. Andrew
Penning, Mike
Penrose, John
Pickles, Mr. Eric
Price, Adam
Prisk, Mr. Mark
Pritchard, Mark
Pugh, Dr. John
Randall, Mr. John
Redwood, rh Mr. John
Reid, Mr. Alan
Rennie, Willie
Rifkind, rh Sir Malcolm
Robathan, Mr. Andrew
Robertson, Angus
Robertson, Hugh
Robertson, Mr. Laurence
Robinson, rh Mr. Peter
Rogerson, Dan
Rosindell, Andrew
Ruffley, Mr. David
Russell, Bob
Salmond, rh Mr. Alex
Sanders, Mr. Adrian
Scott, Mr. Lee
Selous, Andrew
Shapps, Grant
Shepherd, Mr. Richard
Simmonds, Mark
Simpson, Mr. Keith
Smith, Sir Robert
Soames, Mr. Nicholas
Spelman, Mrs. Caroline
Spicer, Sir Michael
Spink, Bob
Spring, Mr. Richard
Steen, Mr. Anthony
Streeter, Mr. Gary
Stuart, Mr. Graham
Stunell, Andrew
Swayne, Mr. Desmond
Swinson, Jo
Swire, Mr. Hugo
Syms, Mr. Robert
Tapsell, Sir Peter
Taylor, Mr. Ian
Taylor, Matthew
Taylor, Dr. Richard
Teather, Sarah
Thurso, John
Timpson, Mr. Edward
Tredinnick, David
Turner, Mr. Andrew
Tyrie, Mr. Andrew
Vaizey, Mr. Edward
Vara, Mr. Shailesh
Viggers, Sir Peter
Villiers, Mrs. Theresa
Walker, Mr. Charles
Wallace, Mr. Ben
Waterson, Mr. Nigel
Watkinson, Angela
Webb, Steve
Weir, Mr. Mike
Whittingdale, Mr. John
Widdecombe, rh Miss Ann
Wiggin, Bill
Willetts, Mr. David
Williams, Hywel
Williams, Mark
Williams, Stephen
Willis, Mr. Phil
Willott, Jenny
Wilson, Mr. Rob
Wilson, Sammy
Winterton, Ann
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Wishart, Pete
Yeo, Mr. Tim
Young, rh Sir George
Younger-Ross, Richard
Tellers for the Noes:

Mr. Brooks Newmark and
Jeremy Wright
Question accordingly agreed to.
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