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Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:47 pm on 23rd March 2011.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence) 5:47 pm, 23rd March 2011

If the hon. Gentleman continues, I might go on for a bit longer, so he must be clever and not do so.

As my hon. Friend Dame Anne Begg said, it has been billed that the Government have somehow saved the motorist by reducing tax by 1p, but the effects of paying for that will be disastrous for the oil industry in this country, including Scotland. They will be disastrous for the north-east, as it relies heavily on Teesside and Tyneside to supply the expanding gas and oil fields, which need long-term investment. It is completely and utterly irresponsible to throw a spanner into the works of the investment in developing some of the most difficult oil and gas fields in the North sea.