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Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (25 Mar 2013)

Alistair Darling: I shall follow up shortly the points made by the hon. Member for Bury St Edmunds (Mr Ruffley) on the Bank of England, but first I draw the attention of the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. The big problem we face at the moment is lack of growth. Here we are, five years since the crisis hit most western developed economies, yet contrary to what has...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (25 Mar 2013)

Alistair Darling: With due respect to the hon. Gentleman, I anticipated that predictable nonsense. I am grateful to him for intervening, however, not least because he has given me another minute in which to make my case. As the Office for Budget Responsibility points out, the recession is taking far longer to come out of than any we have seen previously. The principal factor is that in 2007-08 we had a...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (25 Mar 2013)

Alistair Darling: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but not in the way he intended, because that is nonsense too. Incidentally, in the leaked document from John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, the Scottish Government too faced up to some difficult decisions. The difference is that I and—to give them credit—the coalition...

Written Answers — Transport: East Coast Railway Line (1 Feb 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the amount of investment needed to maintain and improve track and signalling on the East Coast main line between (a) London and Peterborough, (b) Peterborough and York, (c) York and Newcastle and (d) Newcastle and Edinburgh in (i) 2013 to 2020 and (ii) 2020 to 2033.

Written Answers — Transport: East Coast Railway Line (1 Feb 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the (a) high-speed diesel trains and (b) electric trains operating on the East Coast main line to be replaced; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost of such replacement.

Written Answers — Transport: Great Western Railway Line (1 Feb 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of investment needed to maintain and improve track and signalling on the Great Western main line between London and Bristol in (a) 2013 to 2020 and (b) 2020 to 2033.

Written Answers — Transport: Great Western Railway Line (1 Feb 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on improving and upgrading the West Coast main line between 2000 and 2012; and what estimate he has made of the amount needed to maintain and improve track and signalling on that line between London and Glasgow in (a) 2013 to 2020 and (b) 2020 to 2033.

Written Answers — Transport: Railways: Scotland (1 Feb 2013)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the amount spent by Network Rail on maintaining and improving track and signalling in Scotland between 2000 and 2012; and what estimate he has made of the level of such expenditure between (a) 2013 and 2020 and (b) 2020 and 2033.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Constitutional Law (15 Jan 2013)

Alistair Darling: What the hon. Gentleman has said so far is absolutely right, but there is one further thing to say: the UK Government have always followed the Electoral Commission’s advice. We would be interested to know whether the SNP is likely to take the same position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Constitutional Law (15 Jan 2013)

Alistair Darling: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Mr Kennedy); I agree with just about everything he has said this afternoon. I shall not talk so much about the merits of the debate on independence, but deal with some procedural matters. Before I do so, let me say two things. First, depending on when the winding-up speeches occur, I may be absent from the Chamber....

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Constitutional Law (15 Jan 2013)

Alistair Darling: I do not think that I was always party to the advice taken by my friend and former colleague Tony Blair, but I do remember something of the discussions, and the right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right: we are the best of friends as far as Better Together is concerned. We may have parted company on the single currency 10 years ago, but we probably would not do so now. We are all friends when...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Constitutional Law (15 Jan 2013)

Alistair Darling: I fear that we are about to exhaust your patience, Madam Deputy Speaker, but my hon. Friend is probably right. I think that in a contest such as this, the Scottish public will expect to see fair play. It would be unfortunate if, during those four months, the Scottish Government were allowed to spend money here, there and everywhere, with Ministers making announcements—and it is, after...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Constitutional Law (15 Jan 2013)

Alistair Darling: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that that thirst for information has been evident, not least in his constituency last week. If he would care to turn up to one or two meetings, he would be asked quite a few questions which I think that he and his colleagues need to answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Constitutional Law (15 Jan 2013)

Alistair Darling: What irritated members of the SNP so much last week was that wherever I went in Scotland more and more questions were asked about them, and as that fact became more and more widely reported, it really did rile them. As for what the UK Government are doing, they will be producing a series of papers on key matters such as European Union membership. The hon. Gentleman cannot blame them for doing...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Scotland (20 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (a) how many grants and (b) what amount of grant funding were awarded by each UK research council to each university in Scotland in each year from 2006-07 to 2011-12.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Scotland (19 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much grant funding was awarded to universities in Scotland (a) per head of the UK population and (b) per head of the UK student population in each year since 2006-07.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: European Council (17 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: I agree with what the Prime Minister said about the banking union. Like so many other things coming out of the eurozone, it looks a bit half-baked at the moment. Did he get any sense of how much money the banking union will have, and where it will get it from? Did he also detect any urgency being applied to sorting out the Spanish banking problem? It looks as though all the problems that have...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Scotland (17 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of all grants awarded by UK research councils was awarded to universities in Scotland in each year since 2007-08.

Bill Presented: The Economy (11 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: I hope that the hon. Member for Macclesfield (David Rutley) will forgive me if, in the time available to me, I do not follow him down the road of bulldozers or anything else. I should begin by drawing the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am sorry that the Chancellor is not present, partly because he used to kick up a real fuss...

Bill Presented: The Economy (11 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: I will address that point later. It is an important point, and I do not believe we should just sit back and hope that growth returns. The shadow Chancellor and many others both inside and outside the House also do not believe that the Government’s approach is right. We are heavily dependent on money that is coming in from a financial transaction. In addition, the OBR has now found that...


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