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The Chancellor said the Government had embarked on the "biggest infrastructure programme for a generation".
Asked why projects could not be brought forward to aid growth in the economy now, George Osborne told ITV News: "I'm absolutely for doing everything we can, as a Government, to support construction through infrastructure, through our help-to-buy scheme to help families get their first home.
"But I'm also clear that as a country we have to do that in a way that convinces the world that we can pay our way. You can't have the debt fuelled problems, the debt fuelled growth, that got Britain into this mess in the first place."
George Osborne said today's GDP figures are "better than forecast". The Chancellor added: ""Britain is on the mend, but we've got to stick with the plan because there's still a long way to go."
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has given a cautious welcome to the preliminary economic growth figures:
It was the first time since 2011 that the UK has seen back-to-back quarterly increases, after a 0.3% rise at the beginning of this year.
The largest contribution to growth in the second quarter came from the services sector, the Office for National Statistics said.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said "there's a lot more to do" after figures showed the economy grew by 0.6% in the second quarter of 2013.
ITV News Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg says that all main sectors of the economy grew between April and June this year and that although the figures are still weak:
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The Chancellor said the UK's beleaguered economy is finally "on the mend" as official figures showed a second successive quarter of growth.
GDP, the measure of what is produced by the country, was growing by 0.6 per cent in the second three months of the year.