The Economy and Work

Part of Debate on the Address – in the House of Commons at 2:43 pm on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee, Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee 2:43 pm, 26th May 2016

It is a great pleasure to follow Angela Smith, who is an excellent member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

May I take the unusual step of offering congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, on his birthday today? He and I share the same birthday date—I am still trying to work out what else we share.

I welcome the Gracious Speech and the continuation of our very good economic policies, which are enabling our businesses and our constituents to create more jobs. We are reducing taxes to lower-paid workers and stimulating this economy and reducing debt at the same time. In particular, I welcome the greater emphasis on the digital economy, and the fact that we are giving every household a legal right to fast broadband. That will be a challenge.