Comprehensive Spending Review 2007

In autumn 2007 the Treasury Committee undertook an inquiry into the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

In its Report the Committee argued that the Comprehensive Spending Review was not accompanied by a clear explanation of the linkage between the Government’s target to halve child poverty by 2010-11 and the proposed deployment of resources to meet that target and expressed concern “that the Government may have drawn back from a whole-hearted commitment to meeting this target.”


Oral evidence

The following oral evidence session was held as part of this inquiry:

Monday 22 October 2007

Witnesses: Andy Burnham MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Ms Mridul Hegde, Director, Public Spending, Mr Richard Hughes, Team Leader, Comprehensive Spending Review, and Mr David Ramsden, Managing Director, Macroeconomic and Fiscal Policy, HM Treasury


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