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Summary

  1. MPs spent the majority of the day in the Commons debating the Budget.
  2. Peers met at 15.00 GMT for oral questions. After that, there was a long list of legislation to get through.
  3. Peers debated the third reading of the Control of Horses Bill, Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill and the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill.
  4. Then there was report stage consideration of the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill and Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill.
  5. Peers passed House of Commons Commission Bill followed by debates on childcare; and protection of interpreters and translators working in conflict zones.

Live Reporting

By Sam Francis and Aiden James

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from the Commons

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The Commons adjourns after a day of debate on George Osborne's final Budget statement before the general election.

    MPs will meet again from 09.30 GMT tomorrow for questions to energy and climate change ministers.

    After Leader of the House William Hague has announced what little remains of the forthcoming business in the House before its dissolution for the election campaign, MPs will return to their debate on the Budget.

    Join us then.

  2. Meeting offered

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Environment Minister George Eustice says the government is consulting on the discard ban and "tapping in to the very detailed, local knowledge of our fishermen".

    He offers a meeting in Damian Collins' constituency of Folkestone and Hythe.

    Mr Collins says he will write to the minister to request a date.

    George Eustice
  3. Fishing quota

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Damian Collins is calling for an additional quota for the inshore fishing fleet in Hythe Bay in his constituency.

    Mr Collins is concerned that the proposed discards ban restricts trawlers' ability to keep within their quotas.

    The government has opened a public consultation on creating a marine conservation zone in Hythe Bay.

    Damian Collins
  4. Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The remaining orders of the day and constituents' petitions have been dealt with, and the final debate begins.

    Conservative MP Damian Collins has secured this evening's adjournment debate on fishing discards and quotas.

  5. Lords adjourns

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    And with that, peers conclude their debate, at the end of a particularly short day in the Lords.

    Peers will be back tomorrow at 11.00 GMT for debates on three committee reports:

    • the report of the Select Committee on the Inquiries Act, 2005
    • the EU Committee report on the impact of the European Public Prosecutor's Office in the UK
    • and the Science and Technology Committee Report on International science, technology, engineering and mathematics students - the recommendations of which have been rejected by the government.
  6. Time's up

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Time's up for the budget debate today.

    MPs will return to the topic tomorrow after 11.00 GMT.

  7. Government 'responsibility'

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Defence Minister Lord Astor of Hever, responding for the government, agrees that interpreters are "under special risks".

    This is why the MoD employs interpreters away from their local area, to reduce the risk of identification, and "advise interpreters on how they can stay safe".

    He says there are two schemes aimed at meeting this special "responsibility" to interpreters: a "generous" non-contractual redundancy pay and a separate "intimidation policy" - which allows those who face death threats to access a visa to the UK.

    A total of 230 visas have been granted to interpreters and their families, Lord Astor tells peers, and "77 local staff members and 67 family members have now been relocated to the UK [and] a further 29 are due to join them later this month".

  8. Young people 'hard hit'

    House of Commons

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    Labour's Kate Green feels that "young people have particularly hard hit" under the current government.

    "Hourly wages and weekly earning have fallen fastest among young workers," she says.

    "This doesn't just blight young people lives today but it damages their ability to plan, to save and to look forward to the future."

    Kate Green
  9. Plan does not 'benefit everyone'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Over in the Commons, a series of Labour MPs have lined up to criticise the government's economic record in the Budget debate.

    Hugh Irranca-Davies, the MP for Ogmore, tells the House: "This has not been the so-called long-term economic plan that benefits everyone."

    He claims: "It has been balanced on the backs of those least able to afford it, socially and economically, all the way through."

    Hugh Irranca-Davies
  10. 'Shameful policy'

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    Lord Ashdown continues that it is "only a matter of time, when the inevitable will happen" and one of the UK's interpreters will be killed because of the government's "shameful policy " on interpreters.

    When this happens "we will strip away this Potemkin front" to reveal the "bare bones of a policy that means precisely nothing but danger for those who gave us such vital service, and dishonour for our country."

  11. 'Immense importance and immense danger'

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    Former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Paddy Ashdown, now Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, tells peers he has been on "both sides of this debate" having previously worked as a translator.

    Speaking from this particular vantage point, he tells peers that "interpreters are on the front line" not only physically with "the people who are taking the bullets" but also living in the conflict zones, putting their families at risk and not getting the privilege of leaving after a six month tour of duty.

    Interpreters are of "immense importance and in immense danger and without which troops could not do their job", he adds.

  12. Greater protections

    House of Lords

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    Baroness Coussins calls for translators to be given "special legal status" similar to the protections given to journalists under UN law, including creating a UN convention for the protection of translators and interpreters.

    Guidelines set out by translator charity Red-T should be implemented in the UK's overseas operations, she adds.

  13. 'Unsung heroes'

    House of Lords

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    Peers now turn to a short debate on steps being taken to protect interpreters and translators working in conflict zones around the world.

    Opening the speech, crossbench peer Baroness Coussins says the work of translators in conflict zones is "absolutely vital but is poorly understood and rarely acknowledged."

    They are the "unsung heroes" whose "cultural knowledge enable the uniformed troops to do their job".

    Despite this they are often victims of distrust and threats "from all sides".

  14. Post update

    @agriffithsmp

    Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths tweets: Celebrating an historic 3rd cut in beer duty for Burton's Brewers in Parliament @BBCChrisD

    Andrew Griffiths
  15. 'Committed' to affordable child care

    House of Lords

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    Education spokeswoman Baroness Garden of Frognal is responding to the debate for the government.

    She tells peers the government is "committed" to giving all parents access to quality, affordable childcare but admits there is "always more to be done in this area." Despite this she says she is "proud" of the measures which this government has brought in.

  16. Police 'on the brink'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour MP Jack Dromey uses his contribution to the Budget debate to criticise police cuts.

    He says that violent crime has risen and, while burglary and car theft are down, cyber crime is up.

    He says many police forces are "on the brink" and "stretched to breaking point".

    Labour would "rebuild neighbourhood policing", he says.

  17. Post update

    @JasonGroves1

    Daily Mail's Jason Groves tweets: OK, the election is now officially on - Tory awkward squad leader David Davis has welcomed the Budget

  18. Cost of living 'crisis'

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Shadow education minister Baroness Jones of Whitchurch tells peers the "core issue" of affordability of child care is part of a wider "cost of living crisis".

    The "spiralling cost of childcare" has been compounded by the fact that "working families with children have been the hardest hit from the government benefit changes since 2010", Baroness Jones tells peers.

    Reeling off some statistics, she tells peers households where one parent works will be "£3,720 worse off", households where both parents work will be "£2,073 worse off" and households with no working parents will be "£2,114 worse off" under changes.

  19. Raising status

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    Earl of Listowel

    Crossbench peer Earl of Listowel says more needs to be done to raise the status of early years work, in order to attract more people with the "very best education and life experience into the profession so that we can deliver the high quality of provisions [children] need."

    He points out this is already the case in many other countries such as Denmark.

  20. 'Help to buy'

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    David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, raises the new "Help to Buy" ISA for first-time buyers, which will allow the government to top up by £50 every £200 saved for a deposit on a home.

    He says the average house in London now sells for £470,000 while the average income is £36,000 per year.

    "It's going to take a lot of ISAs and a long time to get to that deposit."

    David Lammy
  21. 'Tax-raising government'

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    Labour MP Ian Lucas says the coalition government's policies "strangled growth" after it came to power.

    He adds: "What do the Conservatives do after elections when they want to raise money? They raise VAT."

    This has "a devastating effect" on people and businesses, he argues.

    "This is a tax-raising government," he insists.

  22. 'Much brighter' in Thurrock

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    The Conservative MP for Thurrock, Jackie Doyle-Price, is making her contribution to the Budget debate.

    "The future for Thurrock is looking much brighter than it did five years ago when I was elected," she declares.

    She argues that the way to enable businesses to grow is "by getting out of their way and by having a competitive tax system".

    She also hopes that a future Conservative government will raise the income tax threshold to the level of the living wage.

  23. Post update

    @WhitchurchGirl

    Labour peer Maggie Jones tweets: About to debate Lords Report on Affordable Childcare. Will highlight our plans to rescue Sure Start & give 25 hr free care to 3&4 year olds

  24. PVI Sector

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    Bishop of Debry

    The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Rev Alastair Redfern, is the first peer to speak who was not a member of the committee, and is focussing his speech some of the issues in the "majority provider of child care and early education" - the private and voluntary sector (PVI).

    He points out that local authorities "pay less to PVI settings than the maintained sector" leading to low pay and a lower "level and quality of staffing."

    "We need to think again about how investment is best directed," he says.

  25. Analysis: Osborne offers election sneak preview

    Chris Mason

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    The BBC's political correspondent says this Budget was delivered with one eye on the event which takes place in 50 days' time - polling day:

    "Think of today as the equivalent of you or me being able to turn up at a job interview a day early - and have a crack before anyone else at trying to get the gig.

    "That's the opportunity the chancellor had, to try to translate an increasingly perky-looking economy into votes for the Conservatives in May."

  26. 'Social and emotional' education

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    Conservative peer Baroness Shephard of Northwold argues for targeted "social and emotional" education at children from disadvantaged backgrounds who stand to benefit more from early education, but are less likely to be accessing it.

    These skills lead to "access to top jobs independent of academic attainment" she says.

    But the absence of policies aimed at promoting "such skills is costly in every way to families, societies and the exchequer."

    The government are spending £17bn a year "on picking up the pieces of damaging social issues affecting young people some of which could be averted with the right kind of intervention", she says.

  27. 'A field of government accountants'

    House of Lords

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    Lord Sutherland concludes that parents do not find the the government's free early education entitlement policy "clear and easy and simple" and struggle to make use of it.

    There is an assumption that "out there the country is full of economically rational men and women", a "field of government accountants" but this is not so, he says.

  28. Plea for shorter speeches

    House of Commons

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    Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing is now on duty chairing the debate.

    She reminds MPs that Chairman of Ways and Means Lindsay Hoyle had specified a ten minute time limit on speeches.

    However, only "two people have achieved that".

    She cuts the time limit for speeches further, to seven minutes.

  29. 'How we begin'

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    Lord sutherland

    Crossbench peer Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, who chaired the committee, opens the speech telling peers "how we begin has huge significance as we progress through life".

    Early child development gives the greatest help to those "with great need" but also aids those "who are from less deprived backgrounds".

    Current affordable child care is inadequate however, and while some "rise phoenix-like from the ashes" many "bear scars throughout life."

  30. 'We saved the country'

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    Former Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne, one of only two Lib Dem MPs currently in the chamber for the Budget debate, is a fan of the coalition.

    He jokes that he may have been the only minister "sacked from the government for being too supportive of the government".

    He says the coalition inherited a debt which was the equivalent of "£420m every single day".

    He declares: "We saved the country - the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrat Party working together in the national interest."

    Jeremy Browne
  31. Picture: SNP Treasury spokesman, Stewart Hosie

    Stewart Hosie
  32. 'Decade of austerity'

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    SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie says ministers have "failed on all the substantive targets they set for themselves" on eliminating the deficit and getting "the current account" into the black.

    "We are on track for a decade of austerity," he claims, adding that the government aims to "take an extra billion" pounds out of the economy in either tax rises or spending cuts.

    However, he welcomes the rise in the earnings threshold before people are eligible for the 40p tax rate, which is to increase from £42,385 in 2014-5 to £43,300 in 2017-8.

    Too many people at present are paying a tax rate "intended for the rich", Mr Hosie says.

  33. Affordable childcare debate

    House of Lords

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    Peers now turn to a short debate on the report of the select committee on Affordable Childcare.

    The report concluded there is an urgent need for the government to clarify how the "competing aims of child care policy" - promoting child development, and on the other hand facilitating parental employment - are prioritised and what mechanisms exist between government departments to manage these.

  34. Emoji Budget 2015

    BBC Trending

    What's popular and why

    UK Chancellor George Osborne's pre-election budget took 8,033 words and 59 minutes to deliver. But who really needs hour-long speeches? Or even words?

    Here we've boiled down a few of the key provisions of Budget 2015 in emojis. It's a slightly shorter read ... with the advantage that it fits in your pocket (although we do recommend viewing on a phone).

  35. Control of Horses Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers pass the Control of Horses Bill, which bans the practice of "fly grazing" of horses on private and public patches of grass, without much fanfare.

    Responding to the passing of the bill, Labour peer Baroness Mallalieu says the UK's ability to "tackle animal neglect and suffering will be greatly improved, horse welfare will benefit and and so will public safety" thanks to the bill.

  36. Picture: Labour MP Austin Mitchell

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    Austin Mitchell
  37. President Assad talks

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    Labour's Lord Anderson of Swansea tells the government they will "have to engage with [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad in some way" and must plan for this eventuality.

    Despite "all his faults Assad is marginally less bad than ISIL [another name for the Islamic State]", Lord Anderson says.

    Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay of St John's says there are no plans to engage with President Assad, and that she will not consider him the "the lesser of two evils".

    He has "shown that he is evil" and to "try and calculate percentages of evil" would be an "affront" to his victims.

  38. 'Wasted years' of austerity

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    Austin Mitchell, the Labour MP for Great Grimsby, says the government has not eliminated the deficit.

    There have been "four wasted years" of austerity which has "hit the poor and the north", he claims.

    He argues that it is the Bank of England, which has delivered growth through low interest rates.

    "That worked and now the Chancellor is trying to claim credit for it."

  39. Department for Tourism, Culture, Media and Sport?

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    Liberal Democrat peer Lord Lee of Trafford makes the case for tourism to be added to the title of the Culture, Media and Sport Department.

    Tourism is the "second largest private sector employer" while visitor numbers to the British Museum and National Gallery combined "exceed visitors to Barcelona or Venice".

    Peers hear that in 2013 the tourism industry added £127bn in gross value added to the UK economy, supporting 3.1m jobs.

  40. Ministerial canvassing

    House of Lords

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    Labour's Lord Berkeley accuses Transport Minister, Claire Perry, of using a recent rail summit promoting the high speed javelin service extension for canvassing.

    The event he says was "covered in Conservative party posters" and a specially put on train "picked up several Conservative [Prospective Parliamentary Candidates]" at an estimated cost of £50,000. He asks how the Conservative will "reimburse" the tax payer for this.

    Cabinet Office Minister Lord Wallace of Saltaire says he is not aware of this particular case, but says there is a well established practice of the political parties "meeting a proper proportion of the costs" when political and ministerial roles "mix".

  41. Red Book

    House of Commons

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    A number of MPs have referred to the "Red Book" in their speeches.

    This is the Budget report laid before Parliament as the chancellor makes his statement to MPs.

    You can read it yourself here.

    Conservative MP Brooks Newmark with his copy of the Red Book
    Image caption: Conservative MP Brooks Newmark with his copy of the Red Book
  42. 'Absence of legal aid'

    House of Lords

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    Former High Court Judge Baroness Butler-Sloss asks for a review into the impact on "private law" in cases in the family court, in the current "absence of any legal aid at all".

    Lord Faulks says he cannot speak for future governments but understand the difficulties the legal aid cut can cause. But he congratulates the judiciary and court staff in the "ingenuity in dealing with these difficulties".

  43. 'Recoveries never linear'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Conservative MP Brooks Newmark responds to Sammy Wilson's comment that growth has not been universal.

    "Recoveries are never linear," Mr Newmark argues.

    "Sometimes some regions grow faster than others."

  44. An 'expensive' legal system

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Responding to the question Justice Minister Lord Faulks tells peers that the report's recommendations were noted "when [the government] was developing its policy for legal aid reform."

    There will be an impact assessment of legal aid reforms within five years, he reminds peers, and adds that "even after reforms" the UK has "one of the most expensive legal systems in the world " costing £1.5bn per year.

  45. Picture: DUP MP Sammy Wilson

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    Sammy Wilson
  46. Legal aid cuts

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    The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, has the first question in the House of Lords. Which he uses to highlight the criticism of the changes to legal aid made by Christian think tank Theos.

    In a report called 'Speaking up' Theos argue that cuts to legal aid will impact the most disadvantaged in our society, which in the longer term threatens social cohesion, accountability of public bodies and powerful private individuals, and the rule of law.

  47. What's going on?

    Want to know more about Budgets? The Parliament.uk website has a full explanation of what the Budget is, what happens in the chamber and other useful facts.

    It also has a section on the history and traditions of the Budget.

    For example, it includes this information on the longest and shortest Budget Speeches:

    "The longest continuous Budget speech was by William Gladstone on 18 April 1853, lasting 4 hours and 45 minutes. Benjamin Disraeli's speech in 1852 lasted 5 hours but included a break.

    "Benjamin Disraeli's 1867 Budget Speech lasted only 45 Minutes.

    "With twelve Budget speeches, William Ewart Gladstone holds the record for delivering more Budget speeches than any other Chancellor of the Exchequer."

    Gladstone in the Commons
    Image caption: Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 1898) delivering his last speech in the House of Commons
  48. 'Not walking tall'

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    The DUP's Treasury spokesman, Sammy Wilson, responds to the chancellor's claim that the UK is "walking tall again".

    He tells the House: "While we may be walking tall in some aspects, there are still parts of the UK economy and there are still people in the UK economy who are not walking tall.

    "They are stooped under the burden of parts of the economy which are ailing."

    He adds: "The growth which he has talked about has not been universal."

  49. Analysis: the Budget

    Politics and business unpicked: .

    The announcements from the chancellor came in a "Budget of two halves", the BBC's deputy political editor said.

    James Landale said George Osborne started by going through the previous attacks on the government, and later moved towards talk of a recovery, with tax cuts and changes to annuities.

    And Robert Peston said it would lead to a "Parliament of two halves" as he spoke of how the Conservatives would plan for tax and spending at either end of the 2015-2020 period.

  50. 'Real increases'

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    Conservative John Redwood disputes the claims of Labour MPs that the state is shrinking.

    "The last two years have seen real increases in total public spending," he insists.

    "This is affordable and the lower rate of inflation is helping."

    He describes Labour claims that public spending will be cut to 1930s levels as "complete nonsense".

  51. Live Lords

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Our live coverage of the House of Lords is also about to begin.

    Peers will meet at 15.00 GMT for question to government ministers, which will cover the prospect of resuming negotiations with President Assad of Syria and the cost of ministerial visits to constituencies ahead of the general election.

    A series of bills will then be passed "on the nod"; including the House of Commons Commission Bill, which will split the role of the Clerk of the Commons and the chief executive following the row that broke out after the appointment of Carol Mills, a senior official from the Australian Senate.

    Then peers move on to a couple of short debates which will take up the rest of the day. First on the report of the select committee on Affordable Childcare and second on the protection of interpreters and translators working in conflict zones around the world.

  52. 'Budget we can't believe'

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    Echoing Ed Miliband's line earlier, John Healey says: "This is a Budget we can't believe."

    He accuses the government of being driven by "the dogma of pursuing a small state".

    He repeats another Labour attack line: "This is a Budget for the few from a government of the few."

  53. Picture: Labour MP John Healey

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    John Healey
  54. 'Plan is failing'

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    Labour's John Healey, employing a slogan beloved by Conservative MPs, says the government's "long term economic plan is failing".

    He claims: "The recovery we have seen is unequal, unbalanced and unsustainable."

  55. 'Inherently unfair'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Conservative MP Mark Hoban argues that it is important to stick to deficit reduction.

    "I think it's inherently unfair for future generation to bear the cost that we've built up," the former Treasury minister argues.

  56. Post update

    @JasonMcCartney

    Conservative MP Jason McCartney tweets: Chancellor George Osborne: "And which county has created more jobs than the whole of France? The great county of Yorkshire." #Budget2015

  57. Post update

    ‏@IanCLucas

    Labour MP Ian Lucas tweets: Amazingly few Tories wanting to speak - 5 Backbenchers.

  58. Post update

    @FraserNelson

    The Spectator's Fraser Nelson ‏tweets: btw, any forecasts for 2018 onwards can be discarded. It's just not possible to forecast speeding, receipts or economies so far in advance.

  59. Picture: Lindsay Hoyle, Chairman of Ways and Means

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    Lindsay Hoyle
    Image caption: The Chairman of Ways and Means traditionally chairs the Budget debates
  60. Analysis: A Budget of two halves

    James Landale

    Deputy Political Editor, BBC News

    In the first half, George Osborne was meticulously going through all the attacks made against the Conservatives by the Labour Party - debt, living standards, future spending cuts - and attempting to neutralise them all. The first half was all about reassurance.

    Then he shifted gear into the second half of the Budget which was his attempt to say look, there is this recovery out there, we're going to make it work for you. What the Conservatives will hope is that they can use this on the doorstep to say 'this is what the recovery actually means for you'.

  61. Who's in the chair?

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Lindsay Hoyle, the Chairman of Ways and Means, was in the chair for the chancellor's statement and the Labour leader's response.

    The chair is now occupied by Deputy Speaker Dawn Primarolo.

    Traditionally, the Chairman of Ways and Means chairs the Budget debates rather than the Speaker.

    In this video from Parliament.uk, Lindsay Hoyle explains why.

  62. 'Failed record'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour MP Alison McGovern says the Chancellor has "a failed record on deficit reduction".

    She declares: "He told people in this country he would close the budget gap by the end of this Parliament and he has failed."

  63. 'Hopelessly complex' tax system

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    "The tax system is still hopelessly complex in parts," Andrew Tyrie says.

    He claims the system as it stands "provides the opportunity for tax avoidance and evasion".

  64. Post update

    @sammacrory

    BBC's Sam Macrory tweets: Opinions divided on Osbo and Miliband, but it looks like deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle was the real star turn of that debate. Again.

  65. Coalition 'credit'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Treasury Committee chairman Andrew Tyrie - a Conservative - gives some credit to his party's coalition partners - the Lib Dems.

    "Few predicted that it would last five years," he says.

    "To be frank, I didn't think that the Liberal Democrats had it in them to stay the course but, to their credit, they have stuck with it and they deserve a good deal of praise for that."

  66. Picture: House of Commons Chamber

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    House of Commons
  67. Picture: Andrew Tyrie, Treasury Committee Chair

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    Andrew Tyrie
  68. Treasury committee chairman responds

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    Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, who chairs the Treasury Select Committee, has his chance to reply to the chancellor's statement.

    He tells MPs that George Osborne "deserves a good deal of credit for the improved performance of the UK economy".

  69. Welcome

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Welcome to our continuing live Commons coverage, as MPs begin their debate on the Budget statement.

    The Chancellor told MPs that the UK economy grew 2.6% in 2014, and forecast 2.5% growth in 2015, up from the 2.4% predicted in December.

    George Osborne announced a freeze in petrol duty, a rise in the personal allowance for taxpayers and a tax cut for the North Sea oil industry.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband claimed people were not feeling the benefit of government policies "in their wallets and pockets" and called the statement "a Budget people won't believe from a government that is not on their side".