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

Nick Clegg: I agree that the process of devolution and decentralisation not only to the different nations of the UK but to the different parts of England is an ongoing process that should benefit all parts of the country, including London. Just last week, announcements were made of the further devolution of powers to the London Mayor’s office, in addition to the considerable powers he already...

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

Nick Clegg: I would like the hon. Lady to confirm—perhaps by raising a hand—which party had AV as its manifesto commitment in the last election. It was not the Liberal Democrats; it was not the Conservatives—oh, it was the Labour party’s policy. We put to the British people her party’s own policy, and she now wants me to disown it. Honestly, of all the topsy-turvy accusations I have had...

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

Nick Clegg: I have enjoyed answering—or in the hon. Gentleman’s view, not answering—his questions on many occasions and perhaps look forward to doing so again in the future. I would happily settle for two terms as Prime Minister.

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

Nick Clegg: I strongly agree. It is very good indeed that something close to a cross-party consensus has emerged over the last few years in favour of dealing with generations of discrimination—and it is discrimination—against mental health in the NHS and, within that, an almost institutionalised form of cruelty through which very vulnerable children and adolescents with serious mental health...

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

Nick Clegg: One should not expect to ask a Liberal Democrat about electoral reform and fail to get a hearty answer—well, perhaps not a hearty answer, but the hon. Gentleman knows what I mean. The electoral system we have is woefully unrepresentative of the way people vote. As he rightly suggests, it is becoming ever more unrepresentative as the old duopoly of politics gives way to something much more...

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

Nick Clegg: I agree. I was struck by the rather churlish and sour note coming from a number of Labour leaders in West Yorkshire about a deal that amounts to a very significant transfer of power, money and responsibility to Leeds and the west Yorkshire area. It was warmly welcomed by Roger Marsh, the chair of the local enterprise partnership. It would be much better if we could work on a cross-party basis...

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

Nick Clegg: I am not entirely sure which specific instances the hon. Gentleman alludes to, but everybody remembers the explosion in quangocracy under the Labour Government when legions of placemen and women were dotted around the country by the Labour party. In fact, many of them are still in post.

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

Nick Clegg: The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point. Every time we enter into local growth deals, particularly those that are centred on big metropolitan authorities and big urban areas, there is legitimate concern—which was reflected in his question—about the possibility that some outlying or linked rural communities will not get a slice of the pie. Growth deals should be constructed in a way that...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Disadvantaged (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: There have been a number of recent reports on inequality and social mobility in the UK, including the Office for National Statistics’ report on Poverty and Employment Transitions on March 10th; and Oxford University’s report on disadvantaged students on March 17th. These and other reports underline the importance of the Government’s efforts to improve social mobility, and why we have...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Politics and Government (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: This Government has implemented a number of political and constitutional reform proposals. We have established fixed parliamentary terms, successfully implemented individual electoral registration, legislated on MP recall and introduced reforms to lobbying. Changes in the law on succession to the Crown will be commenced across all Realms later this week, and the Bill to fast-track Women...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Politics and Government (24 Mar 2015)

Nick Clegg: This Coalition Government has been very successful in developing policy and managing the business of Government. In a Coalition, policy needs to be agreed across both parties, so decisions are taken collectively through Cabinet and its Committees. This coordinated approach compares well to the more informal mechanisms used in previous governments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Cornwall Local Enterprise Partnership (10 Feb 2015)

Nick Clegg: The Government have already devolved powers and responsibilities to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly local enterprise partnership through the growth deal, which was agreed last summer and extended just two weeks ago. It will mean that around £60 million is invested in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, including in a range of infrastructure investments in the area. In Truro, that will mean money...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Cornwall Local Enterprise Partnership (10 Feb 2015)

Nick Clegg: I strongly agree with my hon. Friend that it is essential that we get clarity as soon as possible on the use of the European structural investment funds through the so-called operational programmes. She may be aware that there has been lots of to-ing and fro-ing between the Government and the European Commission to ensure that the operational programmes are agreed as soon as possible. We are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Cornwall Local Enterprise Partnership (10 Feb 2015)

Nick Clegg: As much as my hon. Friend points the finger of blame, it is pointed not so much at Departments in Whitehall but at the European Commission, which appears to struggle with the idea that there can be lots of different intermediate bodies within the United Kingdom. As he knows, London already has intermediate status. We have found it very difficult to persuade the European Commission to grant...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (10 Feb 2015)

Nick Clegg: I am grateful for such applause as I rise to my feet. As Deputy Prime Minister, I support the Prime Minister on a full range of Government policy initiatives. 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 (10 Feb 2015)

Nick Clegg: The puns come thick and fast. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will explain why his party blocked party political funding reform recently, and whether his question was written by one of his trade union paymasters. Being lectured by the Labour party on how parties are funded really takes the biscuit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (10 Feb 2015)

Nick Clegg: As my hon. Friend will know, a number of steps have been taken to devolve and decentralise what has traditionally been the very over-centralised way in which we raise and spend money. We are not just devolving unprecedented fiscal powers to the various nations in the United Kingdom, but, for instance, giving greater borrowing powers to local government in England. However, the journey is not...


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