Party upset about being short-changed by Labour (Ap) on the budget.
The Conservatives’ uncomplimentary allegation comes following finance policy spokesperson Jan Tore Sanner’s request for information about the forthcoming 14 October national budget. It is not normally released until then.
The move was to aid the current four-Party coalition talks in getting more of a realistic picture on how much money the new government would have to spend, business daily Dagens Næringsliv reported, Thursday.
Current Minister of Finance Sigbjørn Johnsen rejected the request for sensitive information, sent by text, following consultation with the Office of outgoing Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
He sent a public letter to the Conservatives, Progress (FrP), Christian Democrats (KrF), and Liberals (V). This was subsequently made public on the Ministry of Finance’s website.
Text message-sender Jan Tore Sanner commented to the paper that, “a new government only gets a few weeks to change the 2014 budget.”
“It [getting the necessary information] would, of course, have eased work for a new government to get more insight into the budget’s room for negotiation. I take note that we only obtain the macroeconomic views that we are familiar with already,” he added.
“The correct thing for me to do is to provide information that is made available to everyone. That’s as good an answer as I can give,” replied Finance Minister Sigbjørn Johnsen.
Conservative Party sources expressed to DN they found the present government’s reticence “petty”.