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Prime Ministers Statement On Tax Increases

EDM number 330 in 1993-94, proposed by Alan Beith on 12/01/1994.

That this House notes the recent statements made by the Prime Minister on Breakfast with Frost in which he expressed regret at having to raise taxes because of the recession after having made pre-election commitments to reduce taxes because of the recession after having made pre-election commitments to reduce taxes and stated 'I did not expect that we would have to put up taxes ... If I had thought that I would have indicated the reverse"; reminds the Prime Minister that the pre-election promises were made at the time when the recession was at least 25 months old and nearing its end, and that in April 1992 the public sector borrowing requirement for 1992-93 was projected by the Treasury at ú30 billion and rising; reminds the Prime Minister that at that time most forecasters estimated that at least half of that ú30 billion deficit was structural, implying that taxes would have to rise by some ú15 billion; and therefore notes that the Prime Minister's statements are in conflict with the economic realities fully known to him before the election and believes that he cannot evade his election promises so glibly.

This motion has been signed by a total of 30 MPs.

Alan Beith12/01/1994Berwick-upon-TweedProposed
Simon Hughes12/01/1994Southwark and BermondseySigned
Archy Kirkwood12/01/1994Roxburgh & BerwickshireSigned
Alex Carlile12/01/1994MontgomerySigned
Ronnie Campbell13/01/1994Blyth ValleySigned
Harry Barnes13/01/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Norman Godman13/01/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Liz Lynne13/01/1994RochdaleSigned
Ken Livingstone13/01/1994Brent EastSigned
Nigel Jones13/01/1994CheltenhamSigned
Lynne Jones13/01/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Ray Michie17/01/1994Argyll & ButeSigned
Jim Wallace17/01/1994Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Menzies Campbell18/01/1994Fife North EastSigned
Paul Tyler18/01/1994North CornwallSigned
Michael Clapham19/01/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Mildred Gordon19/01/1994Bow and PoplarSigned
Tom Cox19/01/1994TootingSigned
David Alton20/01/1994Liverpool Mossley HillSigned
Jack Thompson21/01/1994WansbeckSigned
Nick Harvey27/01/1994North DevonSigned
Andrew Miller27/01/1994Ellesmere Port & NestonSigned
Don Foster27/01/1994BathSigned
Roland Boyes03/02/1994Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours03/02/1994WorkingtonSigned
Tommy Graham03/02/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Russell Johnston07/02/1994Inverness, Nairn and LochaberSigned
Jean Corston07/02/1994Bristol EastSigned
Alex Salmond11/02/1994Banff & BuchanSigned
Kim Howells23/02/1994PontypriddSigned

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