Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, opened the continuing debate on the Budget, on the subject of work and pensions, in the House of Commons on Friday 22 March 2013.
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Liam Byrne, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
The debates following the Budget statement continued over three days on Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Monday 25 March. Each day focused on a given topic. At the end of the debate on Monday 25 March, MPs were asked to approve a series of Ways and Means Resolutions.
A Finance Bill is required to give permanent legal effect to the Resolutions. The Finance Bill (No. 2) 2012-13 was presented on Monday 25 March, and is expected to be published on Thursday 28 March.
House of Commons Library Briefing: the Budget and the annual Finance Bill
House of Commons Library Analysis
The House of Commons Library regularly produce briefing notes which inform MPs about key issues. The Library has produced briefing papers on the 2013 Budget.
More information about the 2013 Budget can be found on HM Treasury website. The Parliament website has information about the history of the budget as a parliamentary occasion and frequently asked questions about budget speeches and financial documents.
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