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Wales@Westminster weblog


It's Wales@Westminster weblog, BBC Wales' Parliamentary correspondent David Cornock's diary on political life. It's a two-way process though, so add your comments too.

Monday 16 February


Eratic spending
posted by David | 1335 GMT |

Shadow Chancellor Oliver Letwin's speech on public spending had more trails than your average Oscar-winner.

So you would think the Conservatives would be able to explain what his budget plan means for Wales.

Mr Letwin wants to cut public spending in some areas, but protect it in health, education and pensions.

The first two of these three are run by the assembly. Does this mean its budget will go up if the Tories win the next general election? Probably, but I can't find anyone at Conservative Central Office who knows.

Will the Tories' plan to allow patients and pupils more choice apply in Wales? Probably not, unless they win the assembly election in 2007.

The Tories are promising a freeze on civil service recruitment. Yet many civil servants in Wales work for the assembly. How can a Conservative Government in Westminster implement a freeze in Wales?

Answers on a postcard, please, to Oliver Letwin, Conservative Central Office...

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