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Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Jun 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: I agree with my right hon. Friend. He has heard me speak passionately about start-ups, and I was pleased that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor provided some incentives for them today, but given the reality of where we are today in the economy, the recovery will be fuelled less by start-ups than by medium-sized businesses that are already exporting to countries such as China and Brazil,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Jun 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: The hon. Gentleman speaks as though his Government were not going to introduce any cuts. Is he telling the House that if Labour were on the Government side, they would do nothing about this? As my right hon. Friend the Member for Wokingham has mentioned, Labour suggested during the election that there would be cuts of £40 billion but gave no further detail. Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Broadband (Rural Areas) (24 Jun 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the roll-out of broadband to rural areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Broadband (Rural Areas) (24 Jun 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: I, too, welcome the Secretary of State to her post. Yesterday's Budget confirmation that the Government will fund three pilot schemes to bring super-fast broadband to hard-to-reach areas is crucial to my constituency. It is especially crucial for the 50 to 80 age group-which, for various reasons, is one of the fastest-growing groups of internet users-and, obviously, for enterprises in the...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: The hon. Gentleman speaks eloquently about the problems in Birmingham without telling us how we got there in the first place. Does he think that borrowing £500 million, not every month or every week but every day, represents responsible behaviour towards the people of Birmingham?

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: I am not a banker.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Aid Expenditure (Transparency) (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: What steps he is taking to ensure transparency of his Department's expenditure on aid.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Aid Expenditure (Transparency) (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: I am sure my right hon. Friend is aware of recent surveys showing that, in these difficult times, public support for international aid is waning. Does he agree that if we are to win the argument for his Department's budget in the court of public opinion, we have to ensure that the transparency agenda is linked to achieving the goals of the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office?

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: The right hon. Lady talks about the young people coming out of schools and colleges. Did she think about them when she was in government and borrowing £500 million a day? Did she think about their future while the Government were borrowing £100 for every £300 they were spending?

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: I have to come back on that point. Your policies have mortgaged and remortgaged the future of those young children, so for you to stand up and say that without borrowing you cannot sustain the recovery is inaccurate. You have to admit that borrowing £500 million a day-not a week or a month-is unsustainable.

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: The hon. Lady cites the PricewaterhouseCoopers report, but the Institute of Directors also produced a report on the RDAs, which showed that only 18% of directors thought that they made a contribution, and 60% thought that development would have taken place in the regions without the RDAs being in place. To cite selectively from PricewaterhouseCoopers is slightly misleading.

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: I want to talk about one of the biggest challenges that the coalition Government, the House and the country face: the issues of jobs and unemployment in our country, and what the Government can do to tackle them. The Opposition motion would be hard to support in any circumstances, but it would be more credible if it had started with an apology. Nearly 2.5 million people are now unemployed. To...

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: I will not, as I would like to make some headway in my speech. Following the election of the new Government, it immediately became clear to us that we faced a series of immense challenges in tackling unemployment and worklessness. Let us be honest-those problems have not come about purely because of the recession. Over the past decade, the very fabric of this nation has been altered. This is...

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: My hon. Friend is right. One example is the way in which the gap between the south-east and the rest of the country has grown. Labour Members just do not seem to understand what it takes to create an enterprise economy.

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: And your point is? At the end of the day, you only have to look at the facts. The facts are that you have left us with a legacy of £500 million a day-

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: It is not sustainable to follow the path of the previous Government and bloat the public sector. Business needs confidence to invest. Our first Budget last month has laid the groundwork for these aims. We will drop the headline rate of corporation tax by 1% each year for the next four years, lowering it to 24%. We have ended the disastrous jobs tax that the last Government tried to introduce...

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: My hon. Friend is right, and that is one of the areas I am passionate about.

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Jobs and the Unemployed (7 Jul 2010)

Nadhim Zahawi: That is not the point I was making. If the hon. Gentleman had been listening carefully, he would have realised that my point is that we have to inquire into what is happening. I am not talking about instructions, but about understanding the dynamic so that we can create a similar environment to that in Silicon valley, for example, where people can get access to funding more easily than in our...


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