The Coalition today released a Mid-Term audit showing the progress made by the Government has been dismissed by the Labour party as a "cover-up" as it made no mention of the double-dip recession or missed borrowing targets, and glossed over issues like NHS reform and tax cuts for top earners.
Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports:
The Coalition has failed to meet pledges made on lobbying, fox-hunting, and providing anonymity for rape defendants, among others. Here are some of the promises made in 2010 measured against delivery so far:
Pledges versus practice
- We will cancel the third runway at Heathrow: The Coalition has not proceeded with a third runway, but "recognises that we must address the issue of future airport capacity, and we are committed to doing so."
- We will bring forward a free vote enabling the House to express its view on a repeal of the Hunting Act: "This proposal has not been taken forward."
- We will extend anonymity in rape cases to defendants: An assessment found "insufficient evidence" of the value of doing so, and this plan was shelved.
- We will regulate lobbying through introducing a statutory register of lobbyists and ensuring greater transparency: A consultation and summary was published on July 16. The Government is "now considering the evidence provided."
Mr Cameron's spokesman said that the Mid-Term Review showed that the Government had achieved or was making progress on "the vast majority" of its commitments, despite there being no mention of Britain's double-dip recession or the fact that Chancellor has been forced to increase borrowing further.
The spokesman denied that the Government was failing to live up to its promises on transparency by publishing the audit without any clear indication of how many of the 399 pledges have been broken:
The aim of the document is to go through one by one each of the commitments made by the Government. We are not giving a numerical update. What we have done is set out, against every single one of the commitments, progress to date.
Number 10 says the Government has either achieved or is making progress on the "vast majority" of the Coalition Programme for Government.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the 119 page Mid-Term Review of the Coalition's Programme for Government is a "full, frank, and completely unvarnished" assessment of how the coalition has performed and said it is a "record to be proud of."
Labour released it own "audit of broken promises" listing 40 areas in which it said the Government has failed to live up to its pledges.
The Government has published a 119-page audit of its record since coming to power in 2010, which acknowledged that it has not fulfilled some of the promises made when the coalition was formed.
David Cameron did all right today on a tricky wicket, but he does lose his rag a lot. Odd, because I am told he almost never does in private.
David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash over an audit of pledges made by the Coalition Government during Prime Minister's Questions: