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Sunday, 21 July, 2002, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
Sunday 14 July 2002
Alan Milburn MP, health secretary
Alan Milburn MP, health secretary
Sunday 14th July 2002

Breakfast with Frost was hosted by Peter Sissons this morning as Sir David Frost is still away for his summer break. He was joined in the studio by the Secretary of State for Health Alan Milburn, the Shadow Chancellor Michael Howard, the Liberal Democrat Leader Charles Kennedy and the Chairman of Consignia, Allan Leighton.

Looking ahead to the Chancellor's Public Spending review tomorrow, Alan Milburn announced that the Government wanted to at least match the EU average spending on education, saying the time is right now for the Government "to do for education what they have done for health". He criticised the Tory approach, accusing the Opposition of wanting reforms but not being prepared to put in the investment.

Michael Howard said the first priority of an incoming Conservative government would be to address the crisis in our public services. He denied that they are committed to spending less than the government, but stressed that "real reform" is the answer to delivering world class public services. He also criticised the decision taken earlier this week by the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, to down-grade Cannabis from a class B to a class C drug.

Charles Kennedy said he did not believe Gordon Brown's policy of increased decentralisation would result in the high class public services the government are aiming for. He said the Liberal Democrats would attempt to reduce the bureaucracy which he says is burdensome to employers within the public services and that they would make the case for "honest, transparent taxation." Peter also wished him well for his wedding next weekend, when he will marry Sarah Gurling at the House of Commons.

Allan Leighton said that Consignia are to re-think its controversial plan to charge many customers 14 a week to deliver post before 9 am. He said he realised that was a lot of money to charge small businesses and would consider a charge of 5 or 10 instead.

The Sunday Business editor Andrew Neil and actress Nichola McAuliffe helped Peter with his review of the Sunday newspapers.

Alan Milburn MP, health secretary

Michael Howard MP, shadow chancellor

Charles Kennedy MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats

Allan Leighton, chancellor of Consignia


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