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Comprehensive Spending Review 2004

Letter from Westminster - 19 July 2004

Last Tuesday, MPs gathered in the House of Commons to hear the Chancellor set out the Government's spending plans for the next three years.

Thanks to Labour's stewardship of the economy, Britain is currently enjoying the longest period of sustained economic growth on record. As a result, Gordon Brown was able to confirm that we will continue with historically high increases in spending on hospitals, schools and our public services.

This extra investment will, I am sure, be welcomed by the people of Bristol South. I know I was pleased to hear of the money for 20,000 Community Safety Officers to tackle crime, and the pledge to open a total of 2,500 Children's Centres by 2008. Having seen Hartcliffe Children's Centre - one of the very first in the country - I know how valuable they will be to children and parents alike.

There were also extra resources for housing, which will help deliver 10,000 new units of much-needed social housing each year, and extra money for transport - another local priority. I know many local residents will be pleased at the increases in the international aid budget to help us play our part in addressing global injustices.

We are determined that this extra investment should have the greatest possible impact where it counts most - on the front-line. So the Chancellor also announced a package of measures to reform our public services, which should help us to get value for money.

If you would like to know more about the Spending Review, please contact my office on 0117 909 0063.

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