Finance (No. 2) Bill

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 5:16 pm on 1st April 2014.

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Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Conservative, Macclesfield 5:16 pm, 1st April 2014

My hon. Friend says, from a sedentary position, that it is a great place.

These are, of course, challenging times, but things are improving. The reason for having a Budget that is useful and important for business is that it is through business and the private sector that we create jobs to enable people to take care of their needs and those of their families. The hon. Lady will know—as will, no doubt, Mr Deputy Speaker, although he cannot comment—that under the Labour Government 100,000 public sector jobs were created in the north-west over a period when net new jobs in the private sector came to approximately 18,000. Surely, that is completely unsustainable.