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Asked if the Prime Minister saw the Budget as a single entity or, in the spirit of the coalition, something of a pick n’ mix between the two partners, the PMS said that the Budget was a single entity, delivered by the Chancellor on behalf of the coalition Government. Careful consideration had been given to dealing with the record deficit, and the need to help build confidence in the economy in order that we could support the recovery.

Asked if the Chancellor would be asked to resign if a section of the Budget was defeated during the Parliamentary process, the PMS declined to comment on what was a hypothetical question; the Finance Bill was currently before the House.

Put that the Deputy Prime Minister had said this morning that in future Budgets there would be exceptional measures to keep things fair, the PMS referred reporters to the Treasury regarding details on the Budget. Fairness was at the heart of this Budget and we were all in this together. Decisions that had been made were tough, but we were trying to protect the most vulnerable people in society.

Asked if the Prime Minister included Network Rail directors when he said we’re all in this together , the PMS said that the Prime Minister was referring to everybody in the country who was impacted by the Budget.

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