Growth and Infrastructure Bill

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 3:34 pm on 5th November 2012.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 3:34 pm, 5th November 2012

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Since those heady days of May 2010, the economy has been buffeted by the problems of the eurozone. All western economies face the ongoing consequences of the banking collapse and the last decade of boom and bust. The world has changed, however, and so must we. The west is slipping down international league tables as emerging economies push ahead with energy and drive. Countries that make it will be those that step up to long-term challenges to get the economy growing, build more homes for a growing population, and provide factories, offices and infrastructure for the 21st century.