Treasury Minister Lord Sassoon repeated the government statement on the Comprehensive Spending Review on 20 October
The statement sets out the government's plans' for spending, fixing budgets for each government department for the next four years.
At the end of a statement Members of the Lords can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
Lord Eatwell, Opposition Treasury spokeperson for in the House of Lords, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
Issues raised following the statement included:
- tackling the government deficit
- the impact of cuts to public expenditure
- changes to public sector employment
The government uses statements to make announcements about matters of policy, government actions, and national or international emergencies. Statements are usually read out by a minister but can also be made in writing. A statement can be made in either or both Houses.
Members can respond or question the minister for a limited period following a statement.