§ 27. Mr. Neil Hamilton
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Her Majesty's Treasury has revised the figures given in the written answer given by the Chief Secretary to the hon. Member for Southampton, lichen (Mr. Chope) on 3 March, Official Report, columns 29–30, concerning the cost of Opposition policies.
§ Mr. MacGregor
I wrote to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) on 12 March in response to a letter from him of 10 March. I accepted an amendment to increase the aid figure from £900 million to £1,133 million. I also accepted that there had been an overestimate in my original figure of £625 million on school buildings, maintenance and repair, which under Labour proposals should be phased more than I allowed for. I have had no response from the right hon. Member to my letter of 10 March on this or any other points in my original costing of the Labour programme. In the absence of such a response, the total of around £24 billion stands.