Welfare Reform Bill

Part of Tied Public Houses (Code of Practice) – in the House of Commons at 1:42 pm on 9th March 2011.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough 1:42 pm, 9th March 2011

I fear that the right hon. Gentleman is going through the motions. He was a gifted and talented Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and I do not think he truly believes what he is saying. Will he at least concede that people who are no friends of the Conservative party, such as the Scottish TUC, have said that worklessness was exacerbated by the decision to import millions of low-skilled, low-wage workers from eastern Europe, which drove down wages and conditions and made it much more difficult for indigenous British workers to secure jobs and get off welfare dependency?