Results 181–200 of 3694 for speaker:Nick Clegg

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Voting Rights: Young People (10 Feb 2015)

Nick Clegg: I am a strong advocate of lowering the voting age to 16. I look forward to a time when we have genuine cross-party consensus to give all 16 and 17 year olds across the United Kingdom the right to vote, and bring forward legislation to that effect.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Economic Growth: North of England (13 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: The Northern Futures project engaged with thousands of people across the north, with 2,000 people following the Northern Futures Twitter account and several events held across northern cities. We are making good progress on implementing the best ideas that came forward through this process, including: Confirmation at Autumn Statement of £7bn to improving road networks and replacing old...

Written Ministerial Statements — Deputy Prime Minister: Maximising Voter Registration (9 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: I am pleased to announce that the Government are making available up to £9.8 million pounds this year to support the costs of activities aimed at increasing the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register. This funding will help build on the work delivered through the £4.2 million maximising registration funding which the Government made available in 2013/14. The Government have...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Hinchingbrooke Hospital (7 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: This process was the responsibility of the Department of Health. I was not copied into any such submissions during this period. Records of meetings attended by officials and advisers are not routinely held.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution of Power (Cities) (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: The Government have agreed a city deal and growth deal with the Leeds city region, of which Bradford is, of course, a part. The result is new transport, housing and regeneration schemes, such as the One City park, which will directly benefit Bradford. The city deal has already ensured more than 600 new apprenticeships, and 69% of 16 and 17-year-olds involved in the devolved youth contract...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution of Power (Cities) (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: I wish my hon. Friend, and Members on both sides of the House a happy new year. On the governance arrangements, clearly we need improved, strengthened governance when we give an area more power. As he rightly suggested, however, this should be a bottom-up process; there should not be a one-size-fits-all blueprint imposed from above. So it is not the Government’s policy to say that every...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution of Power (Cities) (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: I certainly agree with the hon. Gentleman that the more different local authorities can do things together to protect and improve front-line public services, the better. I do not entirely agree with his characterisation of the freedoms that local areas now have to use the moneys available to them. We have actually removed a lot of the ring fences that used to mean that Whitehall micro-managed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution of Power (Cities) (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: As we have discussed on numerous occasions, the devolution process is not just an urban phenomenon. We need to make sure that power flows from Whitehall to all parts of the country, be they suburban, urban or rural. It is for each area to decide, when entering a new growth deal, how much they do so not just for cities or city centres, but for the outlying areas. Again, that is left to local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution of Power (Cities) (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: I really suggest that the hon. Lady speaks to the leaders of all the councils in the area, including all the Labour leaders, as my understanding is that they advocated this—

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution of Power (Cities) (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: Well, it is not my problem if local Labour council leaders have not consulted people locally—they made this decision. As she will know, shortly afterwards, on the other side of the Pennines, we entered into a very ambitious deal devolving new powers to Sheffield, without following the metro mayor model entered into by council leaders in her area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: As Deputy Prime Minister, I support the Prime Minister on a full range of Government policy initiatives—[Laughter.] I do not understand the hilarity. Within Government I take special responsibility for this Government’s programme of political and constitutional reform.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: The new system is supported on all sides of the House. It was originally planned by the previous Government to move to a system of individual voter registration, so that we move beyond the paternalism which assumed that the head of a household would always register the people in that household. The new system gives everybody the individual right to decide for themselves how and when they want...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: I am sure everybody is shocked not only by the news but by the litany of abuse, persecution and violence that is inflicted on Christians and all religious denominations that are persecuted minorities around the world. The Government, through bilateral engagement and working with partners in international organisations, funding projects, and providing religious literacy training for Foreign...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: At the election, there were 600,000 more people in relative poverty than there are now. There were 300,000 more children in relative poverty, 200,000 more pensioners in relative—[Interruption.] I know that Labour Members do not what to hear this, but the right hon. and learned Lady seems to think that we lived in a world of milk and honey before 2010 and that all the problems in the world...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: I will tell you what I think is heartless and incompetent—going on a prawn cocktail charm offensive to the City of London in the run-up to the last election and allowing the banks to get away with blue murder. The banks blew up on the right hon. and learned Lady’s watch because they did not heed our warnings that they were getting up to irresponsible lending practices. I will tell you...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: A well prepared and much—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: A well prepared and obviously much rehearsed question. My view, as the hon. Gentleman’s party hares off to the right and the Labour party hares off to the left, is that the majority of the British people want us to stick to the course of fixing the economy but doing so in a spirit of fairness and compassion. That is why my party, unlike the other two, will remain firmly camped on the centre...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: That is an absolutely ludicrous assertion. My right hon. Friend the Business Secretary has presided over the biggest expansion of apprenticeships in this country since the second world war. We have seen 2 million new apprenticeship starts under this Government—a far, far higher rate of apprenticeship starts than ever occurred under 13 years of the Labour Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: As the hon. Gentleman may know, the growth deal for London had a particular focus on giving greater flexibility and freedom to decision makers in London to address the skills gaps that exist not only in the economy as a whole but in London in particular. As he rightly alluded to, there are of course pockets of real deprivation in our capital city, but there are also pockets of folk, both...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Nick Clegg: Of course, the police have had to absorb 20% reductions in their budget and it is extraordinary—we should all pay tribute to police forces up and down the country for this—that they have none the less equally presided over a decline in crime rates to historically very low levels indeed. I am extremely confused this morning—[Interruption.] Let me explain, and the confusion will then be...


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