IMF Economic Outlook - Commons Urgent Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:10 pm on 31st January 2023.

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Photo of Lord Naseby Lord Naseby Conservative 4:10 pm, 31st January 2023

Does my noble friend recall that the IMF has a little bit of a history of making forecasts where the UK is downgraded one way or another, and, lo and behold, a year later, we discover that we have not been as bad as it suggested? Is it not a fact that we now have before the House probably the most crucial financial services Bill that it has had to handle for a decade or more? My noble friend is taking through that Bill. At its core, there is just one word, which affects almost every clause, to help the City, businesses, trade, et cetera: “growth”, which is absolutely crucial to the future of this country.