Business and Job Creation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 11th December 2012.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne The Chancellor of the Exchequer 11:30 am, 11th December 2012

My hon. Friend is right that the deficit is how much we add to the debt each year. That is why we have to bring the deficit down—it has come down by 25%—but he is also right that we have to have a competitive private sector. We have to have a private sector-led recovery, which is why we have increased the annual investment allowance, for example. He recommends a cut in the small company corporation tax rate.

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The shadow Chancellor from a sedentary position said, “That’d be a good idea,” but he was going to put the rate up when we came into office. We have cut the rate to 20% and increased the annual investment allowance.