StrawandblairDavid Cameron accused the Government of breaking a promise to increase the number of NHS beds by 7,000.  The Tory leader said that the number of beds had actually fallen by a similar amount.

After questions on the NHS, David Cameron asked Tony Blair about the Milburn-Clarke policy debate meeting.  The Prime Minister said that he was "delighted that a full policy debate is happening in the Labour party."  Referring to Frank Field’s intervention of last weekend the Conservative leader said: "The Prime Minister seems to think the Chancellor is Einstein but half the backbenchers think he is Mrs Rochester. Why do you not let him out of the attic?"

Ming Campbell asked about missile defence and when the Government would present its plans to the Commons.  The issue (discussed on ConservativeHome on Sunday) would be brought before the House, Mr Blair suggested, when the Government had something definite to say.