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Industry (Government Support)

Part of Opposition Day — [1st allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 16th June 2010.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Labour, Birmingham, Erdington 3:32 pm, 16th June 2010

I will come to the truth about Advantage West Midlands in a moment. The truth is the opposite of what has just been said.

What we are hearing is the politics of the alibi, camouflaging an ideological objection on the part of the Con-Dem alliance to what its members call big government. It fails to understand the critical role of Government in boosting manufacturing in Britain. Of course it is true that good companies are those that help themselves. I have been involved in negotiating ground-breaking deals in the nuclear industry, the food industry, dockyards and the defence sector-ground-breaking deals that have transformed what were failing companies, working with the employers by way of a change and investment agenda.

I know from my experience in the real world of work, not the world of the trading floors, that time and again, with good employers, we have had to go to central Government, local government and the regional development agencies. Only last year I was involved in an exercise together with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government with a leading food manufacturer. Had it not been for partnership, we would not have got the investment, which in turn levered in further investment from the company, securing the future of 500 jobs in an area of high unemployment.

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