It’s that time of year when the government asks Parliament’s approval for increased spending within the 2012-13 year.
On cue I find on my desk three supplementary estimates for increased spending. The government plans to spend an extra £531 million in Scotland this year, boosting that department’s Expenditure Limit by nearly 2%. It plans to spend an extra £327 m in Northern Ireland, boosting the Limit by 3%. It plans another £107m in Wales, a rise of 0.7%.
It would be good to hear a bit from other MPs and the media about these increases and the reasons for them, at a time when we are told about “cuts”.
About John Redwood
John Redwood won a free place at Kent College, Canterbury, He graduated from Magdalen College Oxford, has a DPhil and is a fellow of All Souls College. A businessman by background, he has been a director of NM Rothschild merchant bank and chairman of a quoted industrial PLC.
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