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Government departments make cuts proposals

Michael Crick | 10:13 UK time, Tuesday, 27 July 2010

The Treasury says that all government departments, except those whose budgets are ring-fenced (Health and DFID) have now come up with their proposals for 25 per cent spending cuts, as the Treasury has requested.

But not all departments met the deadline of Friday 16 July, a Treasury spokeswoman told us. But she refused to say who which departments were late, coming up with that old "running commentary excuse".

And which departments bothered to come up with requested plans for possible 40 per cent cuts? Ken Clarke's Ministry of Justice seems to have been one of them, as I reported on 16 July - despite him having once been Chancellor.

Again the Treasury spokeswoman refused to say which ministries decided the 40 per cent question wasn't worth answering.

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