The State budget was a hot topic at Oct. 24's group meetings during the second session of the 13th National Assembly.

Most National Assembly (NA) deputies said some criteria in the State budget estimates were not practical.

Deputy Dinh Xuan Thao said that if the State Budget Law is not amended, it will be very difficult to build a suitable budget based on the country's real needs.

Deputy Nguyen Ngoc Hoa said that this year's total budget spending exceeded the target which proved that fiscal policy tightening had not been well implemented. Next year, revenue could fall from the impact of crude oil prices and land use fees.

Deputy Tran Du Lich said that the method used to allocate the budget should be amended soon as it is currently equal between localities which makes it difficult to minimise budget spending.

A dramatic change to the budget allocation method will require insight into Government revenues at both the central and local levels, he said. In poor provinces, public services could be subsidised by the State while wealthy provinces could use their own revenue to pay for public services. Any funds from the State budget used to finance public services must be monitored.

However, experts believe the situation of advertisements negatively impacting consumers could be dealt with the law on protecting consumer rights that took effect on the first of July this year.

Due to a limited budget, the Government should identify specific areas for reasonable budget allocation, said deputy Pham Quang Nghi, adding that it should determine the most urgent issues and conduct in-depth analyses on specific areas in order to determine which provinces or sectors needed an increase or decrease in their budget allocation.

Trinh The Khiet said State budget allocation should be focused on the development of key transport systems, infrastructure facilities and sciences which were vital to developing the economy.

According to the 2011 State budget report, the year's total spending was estimated to exceed the target by 9.7 percent, or 70.4 trillion VND (3.3 billion USD)./.