Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:27 pm on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Conservative, Macclesfield 4:27 pm, 8th March 2017

It is always a pleasure to participate in a Budget debate, and that is no less the case today. It is an honour to be sitting close to a good friend of mine, my hon. Friend Suella Fernandes, whom I have known for decades. I am pleased to follow Diana Johnson, who characteristically made an impassioned speech for her constituents and for the north. However, it is only fair to say that, although there were not as many references to the northern powerhouse in this Budget, the autumn statement contained a policy and a statement about what the northern powerhouse would be doing in the years ahead. An investment programme of £90 million has been set out, which should be seen against the context of the hundreds of millions of pounds that are being invested in rail and roads across the north.