Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:34 pm on 20th March 2015.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Minister for Faith, The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 9:34 pm, 20th March 2015

In a moment. The right hon. Gentleman is a very distinguished Member, but he should wait for his turn like the rest of us.

That devolution of powers to Greater Manchester is the most historic development in civic leadership for a generation, and it will enable Manchester to support business growth, skills and better health and social care. A new devolution deal for West Yorkshire will give local councils greater responsibility for developing local skills, transport and employment opportunities. Across the country local areas are benefiting from new powers and resources to help their local economies flourish. I will now give way to the very distinguished right hon. Gentleman.