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Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Northern Futures Project (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: What an absurd thing to say for a member of a party whose Government presided over a decline in manufacturing that was three times faster than under Margaret Thatcher, and who saw the north-south divide open ever wider during the 13 years of the Labour Administration. We have not just started this in the later stage of this Parliament; we have introduced city deals and local growth deals, we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Northern Futures Project (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: Yes, of course. Any change in something as complex and important as the NHS in any part of the country needs to be done with the fullest possible participation of the health professionals who will be delivering that change. I regularly encounter—I am sure that my hon. Friend has found the same—health professionals who complain about the straitjacket of decision making from Whitehall and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Northern Futures Project (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: I know that the hon. Gentleman’s party is in perpetual denial about the economic mess it bequeathed this Government. The problem is that, because of mismanagement on Labour’s watch, the economy blew up, the banks, which it was sucking up to, held a gun to our heads, and 6% was wiped off the value of our national economy, which took £2,400 off every household in this country. That is what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution: South-West (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: In January this year, I announced that we will devolve to Cornwall an extra £11.3 million from the local growth fund, bringing the total investment devolved to Cornwall to £60.2 million. I have made it clear that I would like to go much further and pass legislation in the next Parliament to allow the Cornish people to have a Cornish assembly with power over housing, health care and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution: South-West (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: As my hon. Friend rightly suggests, we should push ahead with devolution and decentralisation across the United Kingdom in the next Parliament, but not to a fixed blueprint. Some areas may want to go further and faster than others. If, in Cornwall, it is felt that a Cornish assembly, born out of the existing county council—it would not be yet another talking shop for politicians, and could...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution: South-West (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: My hon. Friend is right to say that the Labour party has never sought to look after the interests of the south-west, nor the interests of the national economy more broadly. Without a stronger economy, it is impossible to create a fairer society in which power is distributed to all parts of the United Kingdom, including the south-west.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: As Deputy Prime Minister, I support the Prime Minister on the full range of Government policy initiatives. I take special responsibility for the Government’s programme of political and constitutional reform.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for the way he has sought to represent his constituent Sam Brown, and all the other children and their families who are—quite understandably—concerned about the continued provision of these drugs. As he heard from the Prime Minister when he raised the matter at Prime Minister’s questions two weeks ago, the understanding is that NHS England is conducting a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: I wonder what answer I should give to that. No, of course not.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: I cannot blame the right hon. and learned Lady; she certainly finished in the style to which we have all been accustomed for the last five years by reading out pre-rehearsed questions. I think that the era of single-party government in this country is over. I know she does not like that idea and that the establishment parties—those Members sitting both behind me and in front of me—do not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: I know that the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities was recently at Alderley Park, and I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s personal contribution to the Alderley Park taskforce. I am pleased that through the local growth deals Cheshire and Greater Manchester secured an allocation from the Government of £20 million towards their joint £4 million LEP life science investment fund....

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: This is the second time the issue has been raised, and it would be so much easier to take seriously the hon. Lady’s concern about savings that have been asked of local government were it not for the fact that the shadow Chancellor has said that hundreds of millions of pounds would be asked of local government in further cuts if the Labour party won the next election. Which is it? Does the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: I certainly agree that in the same way as it would be very ill-advised to put the UK Independence party in charge of Europe, it would be very ill-advised to put the SNP in charge of a country it wishes to pull apart. On property taxation, as the hon. Gentleman knows we have a property tax system, the council tax, which rather eccentrically ends at a certain level. My party therefore believes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: Yes, that would be an excellent idea. I only wish the hon. Gentleman’s party had actually abided by his wisdom when we had the chance to vote for an elected second Chamber. For specious procedural reasons, the Labour party turned its back on its long-held traditional view in favour of democracy in the second Chamber. I agree that one of the virtues of an elected second Chamber is precisely...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. Simon Stevens’s analysis of the financial needs of the NHS specified that by the end of the next Parliament there would be an £8 billion funding gap. That is not some sort of easy throwaway figure; it was identified on the basis of certain assumptions about considerable continued savings in the NHS. The Liberal Democrats have specified how we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: I very much hope it is not the last time the hon. Gentleman and I interact across the Floor of the House of Commons—and in this configuration as well. Liverpool already has a seat at the top table of the Northern Futures and northern powerhouse initiatives. The significant rail and road transport projects, which were confirmed just last week, had Liverpool very much at their heart. They...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: I will leave the marking and the scores to other people. I look to hearing the scores that will no doubt be delivered by other, more critical voices shortly. I agree with my hon. Friend that the durability of the coalition Government was not widely predicted when we were formed. I remember, when the coalition started, reading almost daily portentous predictions that the coalition Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: We have been more open and transparent about the employment of special advisers than any previous Government, and I have never hidden the fact that in a coalition Government of two parties, clearly both parties will wish to employ special advisers in order to facilitate the mechanics and workings of government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: I thank my hon. Friend. I agree that the growth deals have set an important precedent in handing more power, money and decision-making authority to local communities, and I hope it sets a trend that will not be reversed in the next Parliament.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: The hon. Gentleman gets very worked up. It is no secret that there are differences of opinion in this coalition Government on some of the big long-term issues concerning Britain’s future in the EU. My party will never argue for withdrawal from the EU, because we think it is in our overwhelming national interest to remain part of it. I would say this, however: political and diplomatic...


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