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Press watch: MPs condemn pre-Budget spin

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'The Treasury has been condemned by an influential group of MPs for leaking important tax and benefit changes before the Budget, which they described as "corrosive of good government".

'MPs said a stream of leaks last month undermined commitments that parliament would be informed about government initiatives before the media.

'The Treasury select committee said it was an important issue that had dogged recent Budgets by the current and previous governments, and ministers needed to bring leaks from inside the Treasury under control.

'Committee chairman Andrew Tyrie warned that the culture of "spinning and leaking" rendered Budget day "otiose" and made "more important the following few days, when you found out how much it had unravelled".

'He added that the culture of spin should be firmly rejected by George Osborne's Treasury.'

The Guardian, 9 April

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