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Chote calls for clarity on OBR remit

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Robert Chote, the new chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility, says he wants clarity on whether the body should respond to requests from opposition parties as part of its independent set-up.

Chote (pictured), who appeared before the Treasury Select Committee today ahead of his appointment as OBR chair, said it was not clear whether the OBR should respond to requests from opposing parties who want the organisation to verify the cost of proposed policy packages.

He said: “Whether the OBR should respond to requests from opposition parties for private or public advice is I think a very important question. It is also a very important question for parliament and one where I would very much like to have a clear steer both from this committee and also in the eventual legislation as to whether that is part of the role.”

Chote added that the precise role and responsibility should be laid out sooner rather than later, to avoid debate at a later stage as to what people want the OBR to do.

Chote has now been formally appointed as OBR chair by the Treasury Select Committee.

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