Budget 2009

On Wednesday 22 April, the Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling MP delivered his second Budget, a Budget for what he described in evidence to the Committee as “extraordinary and very uncertain times”. Following the Committee's usual practice, the Treasury Committee produced a Report in time for the Second
Reading of the Finance Bill.

The Committee called for clarity from the Government as to how, amidst the current economic difficulties, it planned to meet its commitment to halve child poverty by 2010-11. the committee also raised doubts about the official growth forecasts and urged the Government to restore credibility with regard to the public finances through greater accountability to Parliament and the public.

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

Oral evidence

Monday 27 April 2009

Witnesses: Robert Chote, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Roger Bootle, Managing Director, Capital Economics, John Whiting, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Martin Weale, NIESR

Tuesday 28 April 2009

Witnesses: Dave Ramsden, Chief Economic Adviser, Edward Troup, Director, Business and Indirect Tax, Mike Williams, Director, Personal Tax and Welfare Reform, Peter Schofield, Director, Enterprise and Growth Unit, and James Richardson, Director, Public Spending, HM Treasury

Wednesday 29 April 2009

Witnesses: Rt Hon Alistair Darling, MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Dave Ramsden, Chief Economic Adviser, and Mark Bowman, Director, Budget and Tax, HM Treasury


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