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Women and Equalities: Smith Commission (27 Nov 2014)

Alistair Darling: I, too, welcome the proposals being made by the Smith commission today, transferring, as they do, not just more powers but significant new responsibilities that will be taken on by the Scottish Parliament. As we implement those and discuss, as we must, further devolution to other parts of the United Kingdom, will the Secretary of State ensure that we do nothing that undermines the integrity...

Amendment of the Law (25 Mar 2014)

Alistair Darling: The hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper)will forgive me, I hope, if I do not follow him directly in what he has just said. I want to say something about infrastructure in this country, and I want to talk about some of the slightly longer-term issues in relation to the capacity in our economy as it now is, as well as levels of public expenditure, but I start with annuities. In drawing...

Amendment of the Law (25 Mar 2014)

Alistair Darling: Absolutely, and the argument that has been with us throughout this Parliament has been about how to ensure that we generate growth to pay down the debt. Part of the problem that the Government have at the moment is that the plan that they started out with did not achieve significant results—it is not the same plan as they are operating now, by the way, because it is running some four...

Amendment of the Law (25 Mar 2014)

Alistair Darling: Having been around at the time, I rather got the impression that it was having an impact on everybody, from communist China to the republican United States and throughout Europe and the whole world. If there is a banking crash, it is not surprising that it has consequences. To return to my point about the west country, we have to recognise that there are some things that the private sector...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Transport Infrastructure (17 Dec 2013)

Alistair Darling: The Commission appears to be recommending another runway at Heathrow, which is exactly where we were 10 years ago. The proposal on Gatwick appears to be “in addition to” rather than “instead of” the proposal at Heathrow. I notice that the Secretary of State studiously avoided expressing an opinion and I understand that he wants to await the outcome of the commission....

Business of the House: Autumn Statement (5 Dec 2013)

Alistair Darling: I notice that the Chancellor’s growth forecasts follow a very familiar pattern of being fairly flat and then rising to, I think, 3.7% in four years’ time. That, of course, drives his assumptions in relation to borrowing and debt. Does he agree that risks remain not just in the eurozone, but here at home? In connection with that, could he tell me what the Office for Budget...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: National Infrastructure Plan (4 Dec 2013)

Alistair Darling: I am sure that I was not the only Member of the House who had a sense of déjà vu when listening to what the Chief Secretary had to say. Indeed, I seem to remember announcing a number of those projects myself 10 years ago. Perhaps that demonstrates the problem we face, because successive Governments have found it very difficult to deliver on those large-scale projects, whether for...

Written Answers — Transport: Railways: Scotland (29 Oct 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the punctuality targets are for trains between (a) Edinburgh Waverley and London King's Cross and (b) Glasgow Central and London Euston; and what proportion of those targets are currently being met; (2) what plans he has to (a) amend the current punctuality targets for trains between (i) Edinburgh Waverley and London King's Cross and...

Grangemouth Refinery (23 Oct 2013)

Alistair Darling: I think that everyone in the House recognises the importance of the Grangemouth plant—not just for Grangemouth, but because, if we lose it, there will be huge hole in the Scottish economy and the loss of the refining capacity would have a serious implication for the UK. Does the Secretary of State agree that two things are necessary? First, the Government and the Scottish Government...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (10 Sep 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department made of the cost of introducing universal credit by 2010; and what his most recent estimate is of (a) its cost to date and (b) the total cost when universal credit has been fully implemented.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (10 Sep 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the offices from which universal credit is paid, as of 2 September 2013.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (9 Sep 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are currently in receipt of (a) universal credit and (b) any working age benefit.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Sep 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he expects universal credit to be paid through all Jobcentre Plus offices in the city of Edinburgh; (2) when he expects universal credit to be available through all Jobcentre Plus offices in Great Britain.

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (5 Sep 2013)

Alistair Darling: Like many Secretaries of State for Work and Pensions, I looked at something like universal credit some 12 years ago, and I was advised then that it was technically very difficult, if not impossible, to implement it at anything like an acceptable cost and that whatever the cost I was quoted, it was likely that it would end up costing an awful lot more. I have listened to the right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Spending Review (26 Jun 2013)

Alistair Darling: I was interested in the Chancellor’s claim to have rescued the economy. I think I am right in saying that in 2010, the economy was actually growing, whereas unfortunately, in 2011 it stopped growing. That is why he is borrowing more than he intended and why his target to reduce national debt has been moved well into the next Parliament. On the new growth items the Chancellor announced...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Rented Housing: Edinburgh (20 Jun 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the amount of available single roomed accommodation owned by (a) housing associations and (b) the City of Edinburgh Council within the City of Edinburgh; and what estimate he has made of the number of outstanding applications for such accommodation.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Appeals (20 Jun 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued to Jobcentre Plus offices in relation to the time taken to implement decisions of tribunals where they relate to successful appeals by individuals.

Written Answers — Transport: Railway Track (13 Jun 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total mileage of rail track in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) Wales is owned and operated by Network Rail.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Scotland (12 Jun 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff of his Department are located in Scotland; and how many such staff work on services provided to residents of England and Wales.

Written Answers — Transport: East Coast Railway Line (11 Jun 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the franchise for the East Coast Main Line will be put out to tender; and when he expects the contract to be awarded.


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