Tradition has it that immediately following a Budget statement the Commons gets to vote on urgent tax changes, and then proceeds to a debate extending over several days to go in to all the detail of the Budget.
Today we has a so called Pre Budget Report, which warrants a Ministerial statement followed by a few questions from those MPs that manage to get called. Yet today’s PBR was in effect a huge Budget. The Chancellor plans a large urgent tax change on VAT.
I and three other Conservatives in the Chamber asked for a debate and a vote on all this. We were told there were no plans for one today, as the government had other business. We will return to this matter, as it is a democratic disgrace.