Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:45 pm on 25th March 2013.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield 7:45 pm, 25th March 2013

The hon. Gentleman knows of my passion for skills training and apprenticeships. We should abolish unemployment until the age of 25. The Netherlands did it, so why cannot we? There was not enough in the Budget to address youth unemployment. When I was a shadow Home Affairs Minister, I knew the importance of putting money into deterring young people from crime. If someone is not a criminal by the age of 25, they do not become one, so if we keep young people in employment, training or education until then, they never get into inter-generational worklessness.

Those are the sorts of bold policies I wanted in the Budget. I wanted higher aspiration and for my constituents to see us not lobbing insults at each other, but finding common cause to get the country ready for the 21st century and to make ours a society or high skills and high pay.