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 RedwoodJohn Redwood has been the Member of Parliament for Wokingham since 1987. First attending Kent College, Canterbury, he graduated from Magdalen College, and has a DPhil from All Souls, Oxford. 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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