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WALDEGRAVE SAYS GOVERNMENT WILL HONOUR EDUCATION PLEDGES

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Chief secretary to the treasury William Waldegrave said that while ruthless control of public spending to make room...
Chief secretary to the treasury William Waldegrave said that while ruthless control of public spending to make room for tax cuts would be central to government policy over the next 18 months, spending pledges on education and other services would be honoured.

And he told BBC Radio Four's Today programme that national lottery money would not be used to replace government funding for the arts.

He said: 'I can make it absolutely clear now there is no question whatsoever of breaking that pledge. I have to make one other pledge which is that (heritage secretary) Virginia Bottomley's budget is under no more, but no less, pressure than any other. She is not immune from having to answer difficult questions'.

Asked whether education budgets would be protected as part of John Major's aim of 'ruthless priorities', Mr Waldegrave replied: 'We have made it perfectly clear that we have a range of other pledges that I have to honour.

'We have a pledge in relation to health service spending; we have a pledge in relation to schools; we have pledges in relation to law and order, and to defence. These have to be honoured'.
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