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Pre-Budget Report 2008

"The Committee calls for the Government to do more to ease the flow of credit"

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, delivered his second Pre-Budget Report on 24 November 2008, which, in his own words, was set in the context of “a background of economic uncertainty not seen for generations”. In accordance with past practice the Committee undertook an inquiry into the Pre-Budget Report and published its Report on 28 January 2009.

The Committee called for the Government to do more to ease the flow of credit. The Report also highlighted the lack of bank lending as "the single most critical problem for the economy in the near term." 

Report, oral and written evidence | Press Notice | Government Response

Oral evidence

Thursday 4 December 2008

Witnesses: Robert Chote, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Roger Bootle, Managing Director Capital Economics, Simon Kirby, Research Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, Professor Colin Talbot, Professor of Public Policy and Management, Manchester Business School, and John Whiting, PwC and Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG); Mike Brewer, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Teresa Perchard, Director of Public Policy, Citizens Advice, Mervyn Kohler, Head of Public Affairs, Help the Aged, Peter Kenway, Director, New Policy Institute, and John Whiting, PwC and Low Incomes Tax Reform Group.

Tuesday 9 December 2008

Witnesses: Dave Ramsden, Managing Director, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Policy, James Richardson, Director, Public Spending, Edward Troup, Director, Business and Indirect Tax, Mike Williams, Director Personal Tax and Welfare Reform, and Clive Maxwell, Director, Financial Services, HM
Treasury.

Wednesday 10 December 2008

Witnesses: Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Dave Ramsden, Managing Director, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Policy, and Mark Bowman, Director, Tax Strategy and Delivery, HM Treasury.

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