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Coalition Audit Released Days After Reboot
The Government has published a 119-page audit of its record in power, revealing where it has failed to fulfil its promises.
The document has been produced as an annexe to the mid-term review, unveiled amid much fanfare earlier this week, but is more than double its length.
David Cameron described it as "full, frank... and completely unvarnished" when its release was mocked by Labour leader Ed Miliband at PMQs.
Sky News' Political Editor Adam Boulton said: "The coalition reckons it made 399 policy promises and it concedes around 70 of those are still in question."
The Opposition claimed it was an "audit of coalition broken promises" and questioned why it had been published days after the official review.
The document, called Programme for Government Update, went unmentioned during a Downing Street press conference with Mr Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg on Monday.
Its existence only came to light when one of Mr Cameron's top aides was photographed in Downing Street carrying a document discussing the pros and cons of publishing it.
This appeared to suggest that publication had been delayed to avoid overshadowing the favourable response they were hoping for after Monday's reboot.
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said publishing the document had been a "long-standing intention" but that it needed to be "copper bottomed" across Government.
"It's a long document going through the coalition agreement line by line. We wanted to make sure all the facts and figures were double checked," he said.
In the foreword, the audit says: "This document provides an update on the progress that has been made in implementing all of the commitments in the Programme for Government."
But it does not divide the promises from the original coalition agreement into those that have been met or missed, making it harder to pinpoint the failures.
Top of the list of broken promises identified by Labour is the failure to balance the nation's books within five years - something which is now not expected until 2018 at the earliest.
But the audit says the independent Office for Budget Responsibility has confirmed the Government is "on course to meet our fiscal mandate", which is based on a rolling five-year period rather than a fixed target.
It does admit that the planned cull of badgers to control TB has been "postponed" and that a free vote on repealing the hunting ban has "not yet been taken forward".
And after pledging to cancel a third runway at Heathrow, it says the Government has set up a commission to look at "all the options" for future airport capacity.
On energy and climate change, the coalition originally committed to increasing its renewable energy targets subject to advice from the Climate Change Committee.
The audit confirms that this target will no longer be raised because of the committee's advice.
A commitment to replace air passenger duty with a per-flight duty has also been dropped because of concerns about "legality and feasibility".
The audit makes no mention of Britain's slip into double-dip recession under the coalition or the fact that Chancellor George Osborne has been forced to borrow far more than he intended.
But Mr Cameron's spokesman said that these figures were freely available, and that it was not the intention of the new document to repeat them.
Mr Miliband mocked the document at the first PMQs of the year and branded the Prime Minister a "PR man who can't even do a relaunch".
He said: "Half-way through this Parliament, we know they are incompetent, they break their promises and the nasty party is back."
Mr Cameron insisted that the Government had a "record to be proud of" because of its action in slashing the deficit, cutting immigration and creating private sector jobs.
The two leaders also clashed over the 1% benefits cap, which cleared its first Commons hurdle after a heated debate on Tuesday.
Mr Cameron claimed Labour's stance in opposing the move, which will see most welfare handouts suffer a real-terms cut, was "inexplicable".
"These are difficult decisions that we have to make, but they should be made in the context of the fact that over the last five years benefits have gone up by 20% but average earnings are only up by 10%," he said.
But Mr Miliband claimed he and Chancellor George Osborne were "trying to divide the country".
"The Chancellor hits hard-working people and the most vulnerable with his 'strivers' tax' but at the same time he is giving a massive tax cut to millionaires," he said.
"You have broken that most symbolic promise that we are 'all in this together"'.