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Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Green Investment Bank (16 Apr 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his proposed timetable is for establishing the Green Investment Bank; and when he expects it to open for applications.

Amendment of the Law (26 Mar 2012)

Alistair Darling: I want to return to the “nascent recovery” in just a moment, but first I should say that I was particularly pleased to hear the Minister refer to a number of successful growth industries including publishing, and in that connection I should draw the House’s attention to the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Before turning to the question of growth—or,...

Amendment of the Law (26 Mar 2012)

Alistair Darling: Inevitably, there is some forestalling and there will be an awful lot more of it this year when people realise that they will pay a lesser tax rate next year. The hon. Lady makes a point, but perhaps not the one she intended. The real problem we face as a country is the lack of future growth. I am concerned about that, because our borrowing levels are still high. The Chancellor is still...

Business of the House: Rail Reform (8 Mar 2012)

Alistair Darling: Does the right hon. Lady accept that in this industry successive Secretaries of State have found that announcing efficiencies is much easier than actually achieving them? If we do not achieve them, fares will go up or investment will suffer. Does she accept that it is absolutely essential to continue the investment that started 10 years ago, which included upgrading the west cost main...

Written Answers — Treasury: Banks: Iceland (9 Feb 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment (a) he and (b) the Financial Services Authority has made of the findings of the Special Investigation Commission established by the Icelandic government into the failure of Icelandic banks in 2008 published on 12 April 2010; if he will place in the Library a copy of the English translation of the report; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Banking Commission Report (19 Dec 2011)

Alistair Darling: I welcome the Vickers report and I am glad to hear that it is being implemented, but will the Chancellor be careful about overselling this? This would not have stopped the failure of Northern Rock or HBOS, and the idea that a future Government might decline to step in and rescue an investment bank if it failed is simply not credible. Look what happened to Lehmans when the Americans tried...

Chancellor of the Exchequer: The Economy (6 Dec 2011)

Alistair Darling: I hope that the hon. Member for Skipton and Ripon (Julian Smith) will forgive me for not following him, given the short time I have available. The real problem we face in this country, in Europe and, to a large extent, in America too, is the lack of growth. The Chancellor opened his remarks by saying that the previous Government had been too optimistic about some of their forecasts. He...

Chancellor of the Exchequer: The Economy (6 Dec 2011)

Alistair Darling: I am, and I shall come on to that in a minute, but I want to make a further point. If the OBR comes out with another downward revision of its figures at the time of the Budget next March, does it mean that we are going to embark on yet another round of reducing expenditure? It this not the same sort of argument that we had in the 1930s? The prevailing orthodoxy did not work then, and it will...

Chancellor of the Exchequer: The Economy (6 Dec 2011)

Alistair Darling: As it happens, there is a passage in my book about the trend rate of growth. I believe that economists find it terribly difficult to work out what the right trend rate of growth is. On the point raised in the Select Committee this morning, I am surprised that the OBR has said that the productive capacity of the economy has been so reduced, partly because of lack of productivity. Part of the...

Chancellor of the Exchequer: The Economy (6 Dec 2011)

Alistair Darling: I would love to, but if think that if I do it counts against me, so I shall carry on speaking for a minute and 22 seconds, if I may. I know we will be represented in the Council at the end of this week. This is a debate that we cannot afford to stay out of. No one is advocating that we should join the euro, and it is simply not going to happen in anything like the foreseeable future, but what...

Written Answers — Treasury: Public Expenditure (23 Nov 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of public spending per head of population in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in respect of (i) education, (ii) health, (iii) transport and (iv) policing.

Written Answers — Treasury: Public Expenditure (22 Nov 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of identifiable public expenditure per head of population in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G20 (7 Nov 2011)

Alistair Darling: Understandably, the Prime Minister is putting a brave face on what happened last week. On any viewing, the G20 failed to reach its aims on growth, on the imbalances or on the eurozone crisis, which is as bad now as it was a few days ago. I see that there were reports that the G20 is planning to meet again, perhaps as early as in the remaining part of this year or at the beginning of next...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Nov 2011)

Alistair Darling: When the Prime Minister goes to the G20 meeting over the next couple of days, will he try to persuade his colleagues of the urgency of coming up with some detail on the eurozone settlement reached last week? It is not at all clear how on earth Greece will get out of its difficulties, even if the referendum passes. European banks will need shoring up well before next summer, and as for the new...

Written Answers — Treasury: Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation (31 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much on average has been paid to each Equitable Life policy holder through the compensation scheme; what the highest award paid was; and how many payments have been made by the scheme since its inception.

Business, Innovation and Skills: Eurozone Crisis (27 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: Does the Chancellor agree that one reason why the bank recapitalisation worked three years ago was that we were able to provide precisely the sort of detail required to reassure markets that we were taking the necessary action? When can we expect to hear, for example, exactly how much Greek debt is to be written down, and which banks in continental Europe will require additional funds from...

Written Answers — Defence: Military Bases (18 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he plans to have with (a) City of Edinburgh Council and (b) West Lothian Council on the development of military accommodation at Kirkliston Airfield; (2) what discussions he plans to have with the City of Edinburgh Council in relation to (a) the disposal of Dreghorn and Redford Barracks and (b) a planning brief for both sites;...

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: As the Chancellor has referred to my book—and no doubt others will do so, too—perhaps I should draw the House’s attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. From listening to the Chancellor, it is easy to forget one important fact. When we left office in 2010, our economy was growing; 12 months later, our economy is not growing at all....

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: According to Madam Deputy Speaker’s ruling, I have only eight minutes, which means I can give way twice to my benefit; after that, it counts against me. I will, however, give way to the hon. Member for Bromsgrove (Sajid Javid).

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: As we have heard today, the shadow Chancellor and the Labour party are still adopting my policy on the deficit. It was a sensible policy when I first announced it in 2008, and it is still a sensible policy today. The heart of my present argument is that while no one doubts that the deficit has to come down, the judgment to be made is about how fast we bring it down and the risks involved in...


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