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Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: Given that the hon. Gentleman speaks on behalf of a party that wants to break up and bankrupt the United Kingdom and that has set out plans to have the national debt higher at the end of the next Parliament than at the beginning, he has a cheek. The Scottish National party’s plans would do nothing to sort out this country’s economy. They would damage the recovery and cause jobs to...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: I am very grateful to my right hon. Friend. I thank him for his support on the measures to support tax avoidance and evasion and on the package of measures that we announced yesterday to support the oil and gas industry, which has been widely welcomed in his constituency and elsewhere. He is absolutely right that although the Labour party might not like the fact that we have a coalition...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: As I said in my statement, all policy measures in the Budget have been agreed across the coalition. What is being set out is an alternative fiscal scenario for meeting the path of deficit reduction to 2017-18, which is an entirely legitimate thing to do. Labour Members may not like the fact that they crashed the economy, made a mess of the nation’s finances, and have no plan of their...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question, which gives me the opportunity to pay tribute to the excellent people who work for HMRC. They work hard, day in, day out, on behalf of us all, to ensure that we bring in the revenue that is required, and that compliance procedures are in place to ensure that people cannot get away with dodging tax. As a result of the actions we have taken,...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: I am not sure that is a matter for the House; it is a matter for the British people in the coming election, and I confidently expect that the Liberal Democrats will do far better than any of the pundits predict.

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend and his work on the Treasury Committee, and to staff at Wick tax office for their work to ensure compliance in our tax system. They have brought in many millions of pounds of revenue that would not otherwise have been collected. He is right to stress the importance of investment in infrastructure. Under this Government, we have the largest programme of...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: The hon. Lady is a member of a party whose last Chief Secretary left a note boasting that there was no money left—I think “Cashless” might best describe the Labour party. The point of my statement is exactly what I set out. I do not intend to repeat the entire statement in response to the hon. Lady’s question, but it is clear that behind the neutral fiscal assumption...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: I thank my hon. Friend for her consistent support for the rural fuel discount scheme. She was one of the Conservative Members who spoke up for this in the last Parliament, as well as in this one, and she makes the right argument. I am delighted that we are the first country in the EU to put in place a rural fuel discount scheme for remote mainland communities, and I hope in due course it will...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: It might have escaped the hon. Gentleman’s knowledge, but his Front-Bench team signed up to the revised charter for fiscal responsibility, which requires £30 billion of further deficit reduction. I can reassure him that I do not support the Conservative policy of £12 billion of welfare cuts in the next Parliament, but no doubt that matter will be debated in the election...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: I agree with my right hon. Friend. The plan I have set out today ensures that we would borrow less than Labour and cut less than the Conservatives, ensuring a fair path for the public finances, which is necessary to deliver in full on our plans to dual the A1—plans that he has championed relentlessly during his time in the House. I am pleased it has been a Liberal Democrat Chief...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: With the greatest respect, I think it was the hon. Lady who was not listening. I made it clear that the policy measures in the Budget were ones that I helped put together, on an equal basis with the Chancellor, and I will be voting in favour of all the Budget resolutions, as I think Labour should. If it wants to oppose income tax cuts for working people and measures to support first-time...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: I think I will take that as a compliment, although I do not know if it was meant as such. The hon. Gentleman makes a perfectly reasonable point. He and I are members of different political parties and have different visions of the future, but we have worked together in this coalition Government very effectively to clear up the mess left by Labour and get our country back on the right track....

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: As I explained in my statement, we have set out a range of measures in this Parliament to improve compliance activity, including by investing an extra £1 billion in precisely the areas of HMRC that focus on this, so there are more specialist tax inspectors, accountants, lawyers and so on focusing on this area. Yesterday, we announced the ending of the tax return and the move to a digital...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: My right hon. Friend makes an important point. I believe that in the next Parliament, we should protect the budgets in real terms not just of schools, but of early-years education and 16-to-19 education as well. Saying simply that cash per pupil should be provided on a frozen basis across the Parliament amounts to real-terms cuts for education. That is what people will get from one party of...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: It is a matter of record that 2.1 million apprenticeships have been created under this Government. That was the result of substantial investment by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. I would have thought that apprenticeships, and their growth, would be welcomed on all sides, because it is an important way for people to gain skills, not least...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: Yesterday my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out the final coalition Budget of this Parliament. The policy measures contained in the Budget document were all agreed between us. I secured key Liberal Democrat commitments, including the significant increase in the income tax personal allowance, support for mental health and tax measures to support motorists, Scotch whisky...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: Finishing the job we started in 2010 will require roughly £30 billion of fiscal consolidation by 2017-18. All parties in this House signed up to that in January, although the shadow Chancellor has been trying to wriggle out of that commitment ever since. Our first priority must be to ensure that those with the broadest shoulders bear the largest share, so the fiscal plans I am setting...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: That money could be used to ensure that the NHS has the £8 billion it needs to secure its future, or to ensure that the education budget can be protected in real terms from cradle to college and not allowed to wither, or to support growth-enhancing spending of the sort delivered so effectively by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: Labour Members may not like it, Mr Speaker, but I am setting out the numbers in the Treasury document published today, which is an entirely legitimate thing to do. This will also allow us to reward the hard-working public servants whose pay restraint has helped so much to balance the books. Public servants have made big sacrifices, and we need to repay that. No Chief Secretary has ever had to...

Energy and Climate Change: Fiscal Responsibility and Fairness (19 Mar 2015)

Danny Alexander: We would not wish to injure the hon. Gentleman’s health, Mr Speaker, nor to allow him not to hear the changes that we are making to deal with tax evasion. For too long, our tax system struggled with the fact that a small minority felt it perfectly okay to indulge in tax avoidance and commit the crime of tax evasion. The public will not tolerate being stolen from any more. When this...


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