Stephen Metcalfe, newly elected MP for South Basildon & East Thurrock asked his first question of Parliament.
Having won the Parliamentary Ballot to ask the first question of the new Parliament, Stephen Metcalfe, used the opportunity in front of a packed House to ask the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, for assurances that his department would be seeking better value for money under this Government than under the last.
Stephen said: “While I accept that International Development is not necessarily the most burning issue in South Basildon & East Thurrock, I do know that my constituents are concerned about value for money and I want to make sure that the new coalition Government is spending their hard earned taxes wisely.”
“That is why I took the first opportunity I had to seek assurances that this Government would put value for money and the elimination of waste at the heart of everything it does.”
“We know we face some tough financial choices in the future, but I do want to ensure that what we do spend is spent cautiously.”
“The Secretary of State was able to provide those assurance and said that while meeting our moral obligation to help those less well off that ourselves he would ensure that money was targeted where it was most needed.”