Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:46 pm on 25th March 2013.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 9:46 pm, 25th March 2013

Let me begin by joining the shadow Financial Secretary in his congratulations to Rachel Reeves on the birth of her child, as I think will Members in all parts of the House.

The debate has been very well attended. I think that there were 46 Back-Bench speeches. It has also been very well considered and, at times, passionate. I thank Members on both sides of the House for their contributions.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government opened the debate in his usual pugnacious style. He talked about planning, housing, mortgages and the help to buy scheme, which he described in some detail. He did not mention the announcement on zero-carbon homes, but my right hon. Friend Andrew Stunell referred to it in detail.

There were contributions from Members representing all parts of the United Kingdom, and, I think, from all parties in the House except the Scottish National party. Jonathan Edwards