Read the 2015 Budget speech and debate
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Prorogation: Her Majesty’s Speech (26 March 2015)

...Seal, in pursuance of Her Majesty’s Command, as follows. My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, my Government’s legislative programme has been founded on a long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. Legislation passed in this Session will support economic growth and help secure a better future for Britain. New Acts will make the United Kingdom the...

Royal Assent: Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech (26 March 2015)

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons: My Government’s legislative programme has been founded on a long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. Legislation passed in this session will support economic growth and help secure a better future for Britain. New Acts will make the United Kingdom the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business and...

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 March 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Eric Joyce: ...Falkirk’s Alexander Dennis Ltd remains the wholly Scottish-owned manufacturer of the red buses we see across London and, indeed, the world. Falkirk’s power remains central to Scotland’s industrial economy. Thousands of families in the Falkirk area will be sustained into the future by employment in petrochemicals and oil refining, shale gas importation and in the service...

Immigration: Detention — Question for Short Debate (26 March 2015)

The Earl of Sandwich: ..., which have been welcomed, the Home Office still seems to be travelling with blinkers on. It has focused on immigration largely from the point of view of its effect on numbers, the impact on the British economy and on our way of life, and much too little on the situation of the refugees and migrants themselves. I speak as a patron of Friends Without Borders in Portsmouth, which is...

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Take Note (26 March 2015)

Lord Freud: ...issues on costs added to homeowners. Clearly, in the end the costs will be added to homeowners—that is how it works. Contractors do work for people and add on the costs but those costs are extraordinarily small in an economy of—what are we, 1.5 trillion? Costs of 4.6 million are extremely small, particularly compared with the costs that homeowners would otherwise...

Finance (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (26 March 2015) See 6 other results from this debate

Lord Newby: ...;s track record during this Parliament. This is now the end of the Parliament and we have been in government for five years. We came into the coalition to turn the public finances around and to put the economy on a positive track, and that is what has happened. I think of the position that we were in, even when I first stood at this Dispatch Box three years ago, on growth, employment and...

Police: Reduction in Numbers — Question (26 March 2015)

Lord Bates: ...in budgets are not a serious matter. We are saying that there needs to be those reductions. As the Police Federation recognised, there needed to be reductions to make sure that we balance the economy. We have reduced bureaucracy by 4.5 million hours, which is the equivalent of 2,100 police officers. Also, we have said that we do not want police officers in back offices but on the front...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Aerospace Engineering: Pendle (26 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Andrew Stephenson: The aerospace sector is vital to Pendle’s local economy, and as vice-chair of the all-party group for aerospace I have been pleased with the level of support provided to the industry by the Government over the past five years. Although overall the aerospace sector across Pendle is doing well, Rolls-Royce has cut its work force at its two Barnoldswick sites. What more can my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Small Businesses (26 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Barry Sheerman: ...people in the area I represent, and it is a very important taxpayer investment. Are we getting value for money in this takeover, from a country and a company that has a big question mark over its economy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Engineering (26 March 2015)

Peter Luff: I welcome that very positive response from the Minister. However, given that continuing shortages of engineering apprentices and graduates will cost the economy as much as 27 billion a year in lost output, undermine our competitiveness and threaten our security, can he think of better words to inspire a new generation of young men and women to become engineers than those of the railway...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Infrastructure Development (26 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

George Freeman: ...infrastructure plan sets out 460 billion of investment to 2020 and beyond. Not surprisingly, this has been strongly welcomed by business leaders as part of our long-term economic plan to put the economy back on its feet after the appalling mess we inherited.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Ceramic Products: Origin Marking (26 March 2015)

Jo Swinson: ...out in the Budget and elsewhere try to support companies in this country, particularly those with high energy usage. We will continue to do that because it is important for building the stronger economy we all want to see.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Zero-hours Contracts (26 March 2015)

Jo Swinson: ...Parliament will have to consider whether anything further needs to be done on that issue. We must keep the matter under review. This Government have been absolutely determined to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, and I wholeheartedly agree with that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Regional Growth (26 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Greg Clark: ...of the country—60% outside London and the south-east. The 28 city deals and 39 local growth deals are helping drive local growth by transferring powers and resources from Whitehall to local economies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Balance of Trade (26 March 2015)

Kelvin Hopkins: ...and the significant depreciation of the euro rate against sterling, while bringing a short-term benefit to the trade balance because of the J-curve effect, will cause serious longer-term damage to the economy. What discussions has the Secretary of State had with the Chancellor and the Governor of the Bank of England about this worrying matter?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (26 March 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Vincent Cable: My Department plays and has played a key role in supporting the rebalancing of the economy through business to deliver growth while increasing skills and learning.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: UK Membership of EU (26 March 2015) See 1 other result from this answer

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of EU membership to business and the economy in the UK.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Regional Planning and Development (26 March 2015)

Greg Clark: ...country – 60% outside London and the South East. The 28 City Deals, and 39 Local Growth Deals are helping drive local growth by transferring powers and resources from Whitehall to local economies.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Financial Markets (26 March 2015)

David Gauke: ...to include consideration of the principles of good regulation in their annual report. These statutory principles of good regulation include “the desirability of sustainable growth in the economy of the United Kingdom in the medium or long term”.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Longannet Power Station (26 March 2015)

Michael Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) employment and (b) the economy in (i) Fife and (ii) Scotland of the possible closure of Longannet power station.

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