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Jonathan Isaby’s verdict: A far calmer session than last week, and no surprise that David Cameron went on the economy. No knockouts on either side – a score draw in my view.

12.30pm Final question is from Jamie Reed (Lab, Copeland) who merely asks whether the spending plans from the Tories would be bad for the country. The Speaker should have ruled it out of order, but doesn’t.

12.29pm Mark Durkan of the SDLP asks about pensioners suffering in these difficult economic times and Brown suggests that extra resources are needed to help them and that the Tories are unwilling to do so.

12.26pm Tory Andrew Selous points out that whilst employment of British workers has reduced by 300,000, employment of migrant workers has gone up by 900,000.   

Picture_712.22pm Alistair Burt doesn’t hear the Speaker calling him and has to be prompted for a second time to ask his question.

12.21pm Patsy question of the day is from Labour’s Anne Begg, who congratulates the PM on the recent announcement on the post office card account.

12.18pm Brown says it is, but Clegg, unconvinced, asks for ways of lending more serious money to businesses.

Picture_512.16pm Nick Clegg has had a haircut. He asks if the bank bail-out is working.

12.14pm Brown repeats the suggestion that Labour wants to help people through the economic difficulties and the Conservatives do not. 

12.12pm Brown suggests that Tory plans will hamper people trying to cope in the difficult economic circumstances. Cameron quotes former government economic adviser Derek Scott as having said that it was "drivel" that the recession was not the Government’s making.

12.10pm No answer forthcoming from Brown, Cameron tells the House that Brown "loves to lecture on economics, but it’s all about the politics". he adds that the Tory plans for spending restraint are the right thing to do.

Picture_412.09pm Cameron then suggests that it is clear the Government wants to go on a "borrowing binge". He asks Brown if taxes will have to rise.

12.07pm Brown says he will look into any individual cases of which Cameron has knowledge, but in general will do all he can to help companies get loan capital. Cameron accuses him of not answering his question.

12.05pm Cameron then raises concerns coming from small businesses about being charged exorbitant amounts for overdraft facilities or losing them altogether.

12.03pm David Cameron thanks Brown for giving him the inquiry he asked for into Baby P.

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12.01pm In answer to a question from Tory Philip Dunne about the devaluation of the pound, Brown prays in aid the advice of Margaret Thatcher, saying that she said that it was "un-British" to talk down the pound.

Last week David Cameron used all six questions on the issue of Baby P and the failures of Haringey children’s services.

In the wake of his latest pronouncements on spending and taxation, one might expect him to tackle the economy today.

We’ll be live-blogging today’s encounter at noon.

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