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Industry (Government Support)

Part of Opposition Day — [1st allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 1:05 pm on 16th June 2010.

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Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 1:05 pm, 16th June 2010

The proposals we made on the tax to which the hon. Gentleman refers would have kicked in next year. If I were him, I would not be so cocky about tax just a week before his Chancellor comes to the Dispatch Box to tell us his tax proposals.

To return to my specific questions, will the new Government go ahead with the port development competition that was so pivotal in attracting offshore wind suppliers to the United Kingdom? Will the new Government stand by the support to Airbus and Rolls-Royce, which was mentioned by my hon. Friends? The Government have already caused damaging uncertainty by placing a question mark over those projects. If they abandon them, all their words about manufacturing and rebalancing the economy will rightly be seen as worthless.

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