PM confirms Budget will be before Easter break

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Replying to questions on tax plans in the Commons, he gave no date, but it will have to be before the Commons rises for the Easter recess in the last week of March.

Blair, challenged by Tory Leader Michael Howard, declined to pledge a future Labour Government would not increase taxation or national insurance contributions.

He said Howard would have to wait to see what undertakings Labour decide to make in their manifesto.

He pledged Labour would keep the Small Business Service – on the Tory hit list of cuts – and would not promise more cuts in services.

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