National Insurance Contributions Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:18 pm on 4th November 2013.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary 4:18 pm, 4th November 2013

No, not at all. There is a whole host of measures, including the regional growth fund, and there is some really good news; exports are up significantly in the west midlands and the north-east in particular. We are taking steps to strengthen industries up and down the country. The hon. Gentleman touches on the regional employers’ NICs holiday; let me turn to that, because I suspect that the policy will feature heavily in the arguments that we hear from Opposition Front Benchers.