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Written Answers — Transport: Rolling Stock (9 May 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age of the train fleet was in each railway franchise in (a) 1996, (b) 2001, (c) 2007 and (d) 2010.

Written Answers — Treasury: Banks: Loans (5 May 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the total monetary value of loans written off by British banks in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) 2011.

Written Answers — Treasury: BCCI (5 May 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish Part 2 of Lord Bingham's findings into the collapse of BCCI having redacted those parts which would identify individuals who submitted evidence in confidence.

Written Answers — Treasury: International Monetary Fund (5 May 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value is of the Government's shareholding in the International Monetary Fund; and what the value is of the shareholdings of the 30 largest shareholders.

Written Answers — Treasury: Written Questions: Government Responses (5 May 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer question 46704, on Lord Bingham's findings, tabled on 10 March 2011 for answer on 15 March 2011.

Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2011)

Alistair Darling: In the short time available, I shall not follow up on any points made by the right hon. Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Mr Lilley), except to say that when he talks about any element of fairness in the Chancellor’s last Budget and this Budget as regards those on the top incomes, I think he will find that some of the things he talks about have more to do with measures that were...

Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2011)

Alistair Darling: The structural deficit was 0.4%. Throughout the past decade, we were spending money, but I must say, as a Minister in that Government, we were greeted with calls from the then Opposition not to spend less but to spend more on just about every occasion. They cannot have it both ways. What worries me is that as we look forward, we face a number of pressures that are a threat to sustained...

Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2011)

Alistair Darling: I think there are many measures in the Budget, such as the reduction in corporation tax, the reform of planning law—if the Government can see that through their Back Benchers and councillors—and some others that will be helpful, but the thing that drives whether companies set up, take on more people or put in more investment is whether they can sell their goods and services. For...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Libya/European Council (28 Mar 2011)

Alistair Darling: Does the Prime Minister accept that when he referred to the discussions that took place last May on the eurozone fund he gave a somewhat incomplete account of my conversation with the now Chancellor? We did indeed agree that we should do everything we could to keep Britain out of the main part of the rescue fund, but in relation to the smaller element to which the Prime Minister refers, what...

Written Answers — Treasury: Royal Bank of Scotland (4 Mar 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Financial Services Authority to publish its report on the conduct of Royal Bank of Scotland prior to its failure in October 2008.

Written Answers — Treasury: Financial Services: Regulation (28 Feb 2011)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what governance arrangements he proposes for the (a) Prudential Regulatory Authority and (b) Financial Policy Committee; when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to establish these bodies; and if he will make a statement.

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: I agree with the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr Tyrie) that we should be concerned about what is being done within Europe not only to deal with the immediate crisis in Ireland but in relation to the other problems that I believe will arise during the course of next year. The piecemeal approach that Europe has adopted, certainly in the past two or three years, has got to stop. I shall return...

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: The circumstances in which Ireland finds itself are complex, but there is no doubt that one problem is that a common interest rate right across Europe is perhaps inappropriate for an economy that is rapidly investing in an asset bubble. However, I do not have the same phobia about the euro that many Conservative Members still have, 20 years on.

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: Talking of which, I give way to the phobic-in-chief.

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: Yes, but as I said earlier, because of QMV, the deal would have gone through anyway. I also do not agree with the hon. Gentleman's analysis or that the legal position was that clear-cut.

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: No-I will not do so because of the time constraints. I agree with many hon. Members that Europe urgently needs a robust and workable rescue mechanism. We cannot wait until 2013, which brings me to my second main point. As I have said, I am concerned about the piecemeal way in which Europe as a whole, and the eurozone in particular, address the problems that they face. Even today, there is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Financial Assistance (Ireland) (22 Nov 2010)

Alistair Darling: I agree with the Chancellor that he is absolutely right that it is in our country's interests that we do everything we can to help Ireland through its present difficulties. Although he and I agree that I was right to keep us out of the eurozone support fund, it is the case that some money coming from Europe is partly subscribed by us and also the IMF, but does that not demonstrate that it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Redfern Inquiry (16 Nov 2010)

Alistair Darling: I add my thanks to Michael Redfern for his very substantial report, which is far weightier and far more extensive than we anticipated when I commissioned his work three and a half years ago. It is difficult to judge what happened over a period of 50 years-of course, standards, ethics and the law have changed very substantially-but does the Secretary of State accept two things? First, many...

Comprehensive Spending Review (28 Oct 2010)

Alistair Darling: I am grateful to the Chief Secretary for giving way. So far, he seems bereft of answers to any of the questions put to him. Does he agree with the Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis that the June Budget and last week's spending review can be fair only if the Government include all the measures that I introduced in my Budget prior to the election?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: UK National Debt (13 Jul 2010)

Alistair Darling: I am glad that the Chief Secretary at least accepts the proposition put by the hon. Member for Louth and Horncastle (Sir Peter Tapsell). We all agree that to get debt down, growth is essential. However, has the Chief Secretary noticed this morning's remarks by Geoffrey Dicks, a member of the Office for Budget Responsibility, who said that his office had cut its forecasts for growth by 0.5%...


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