New Clause 22 — Interpretation of the green purposes: duty to assess impact on the Climate Change Act 2008

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 3:30 pm, 17th October 2012

My firm policy commitment is to ensure that we have the green investment bank borrowing as soon as possible, as a stimulus to growth. We were mindful of amendments that we tabled in Committee about that, but we also have to consider the appalling financial mess that the Government are dealing with in respect of increased borrowing. Borrowing was going down prior to the general election, but now it is going up. We do not know what the circumstances will be in 2015, so we need to ensure that there can be certainty, based on the imperative to have the green investment bank borrowing from the capital markets as soon as possible while being mindful of the need for rigour and discipline in the public finances.