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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: East Midlands (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: Over the course of this Parliament, long-term investment in our infrastructure will reach levels not sustained since the 1970s. In the east midlands, for example, we are investing from the national productivity investment fund to reduce congestion. We are investing £125 million this year on local road maintenance, and we announced this summer £780 million for a series of works to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: East Midlands (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: My hon. Friend and my hon. Friend the Member for Sherwood (Mark Spencer) have been campaigning on this for several years, and we recognise its potential to unlock economic opportunities in Mansfield and Ollerton. Within the east midlands franchise we have included a requirement that the operator should come to the Secretary of State for Transport within a year with a business case for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: East Midlands (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: The public have already had a say, and in the east midlands, which we are discussing, the public were very clear that they want to leave the European Union. Infrastructure investment will be substantially higher over the course of this Parliament than it was under the last Labour Government—25% higher in the east midlands and 40% higher in Yorkshire and the Humber. The primary reason...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: East Midlands (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. Of course he was the Secretary of State for Transport who led many of these important investments. In the east midlands we are investing in the smart motorway, in the upgrade to the east coast main line, in Derby bus station and in new green buses in Nottingham. The list continues, and only because of this Government’s management of the public...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Mayflower Celebrations (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: We recognise that the Mayflower commemorations are an important moment for this country to celebrate our tied history with the United States and the unending quest for religious freedom and toleration. The Government gave £0.5 million to the Mayflower 400 project in the 2015 spending review, and we will continue to support it in the years to come.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Mayflower Celebrations (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: At the suggestion of my hon. Friend and of my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Moor View (Johnny Mercer), I met Charles Hackett, the chief executive of the Mayflower 400 project. We had a productive meeting, and we are considering the materials that the project left with us. I advise my hon. Friend the Member for South West Devon (Mr Streeter) and the organisers of Mayflower 400 to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Mayflower Celebrations (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: The hon. Gentleman is testing my knowledge of the pilgrim fathers, but of course they were inspired by William Bradford, who came from Yorkshire, I believe. He was the one who said that from small things great things can emerge, and that it takes just one small candle to light a thousand, which was the way that the whole pilgrim fathers’ enterprise was summed up. So I want to see the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Mayflower Celebrations (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I have tried to list all the places where the pilgrim fathers came from. I was not aware that some came from Immingham as well, but I am sure that that will be included in the celebrations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Mayflower Celebrations (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: As the hon. Lady will be aware, the Arts Council has a formula to distribute funding across the country. We believe, like she does, that it is important that all communities in this country can have access to culture and heritage. It is for that reason and others that we funded the Great Exhibition of the North, which has been a huge success; and of course the Chancellor, in his Budget two...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: My hon. Friend and I met earlier in the summer to discuss the flyover, and she raised concerns then. I appreciate that it has been closed, owing to safety concerns, over the summer. Funding is available through Essex County Council, and of course through her local enterprise partnership, which has received almost £600 million over the spending period.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I know that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor has my hon. Friend’s letter. Over this Parliament, we will spend more central Government funding per capita on transport in the north than in, for example, London or the south-east. We will consider carefully the business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail when we receive it from Transport for the North later in the year.

Office for Budget Responsibility — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Robert Jenrick: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Ochil and South Perthshire (Luke Graham) for securing the debate. There are few issues on which I would like to end the parliamentary term more than the remit of the Office for Budget Responsibility. As we have heard from Members on both sides of the House, there is widespread agreement that...

Office for Budget Responsibility — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Robert Jenrick: The British economy had just suffered a severe recession, and we inherited the largest peacetime deficit since the end of the second world war. Nothing exemplifies the situation with the public finances more than the note that was left on the desk in the Treasury office down the road saying that there was no money left. The OBR produces the official economic and fiscal forecasts for the UK....

Office for Budget Responsibility — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Robert Jenrick: The hon. Lady shakes her head, but the IFS said that those would lead to taxes being raised to their highest in peacetime history. The IFS also questioned whether they would raise as much as the shadow Chancellor claimed, and said that they would hit working families hardest. We do not always need to rely on the OBR to twist the knife, as the IFS has certainly done so repeatedly.

Office for Budget Responsibility — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I would not characterise the IFS’s criticisms of the Labour party’s manifesto as “small”. They were pretty fundamental; the remarks I have just described speak for themselves. The IFS did analyse the policies of the Conservative party in the lead-up to the last manifesto, but let us stick to the question before us today, and apologies to you, Mr Gray, for deviating...

Office for Budget Responsibility — [James Gray in the Chair] (24 Jul 2018)

Robert Jenrick: Were the OBR to see its remit extended, that would be a matter for Parliament. It would be debated extensively within Parliament. To finish my point on civil servants, there is an important matter of principle here. Civil servants would have to undertake detailed costings and provide data on Opposition policies—we should all acknowledge that that would represent a significant...

Backbench Business: Air Passenger Duty — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I congratulate the hon. Member for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson) on securing this debate. I have known him since he and I were elected and have always been fond of him, but I was not expecting a belated Valentine’s day present. I vaguely remember that some time ago the hon. Members for Strangford (Jim Shannon) and for East Londonderry (Mr Campbell) presented a giant heart-shaped card...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure Investment: Oxfordshire (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Jenrick: Under this Government, investment in infrastructure will reach the highest sustained levels since the 1970s. In respect of Oxfordshire, the Department for Transport and Chiltern Railways have jointly funded a £400 million western section, delivering a new service between Oxford and London Marylebone, and we are of course backing the new Expressway and the east-west railway linking Oxford...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure Investment: Oxfordshire (3 Jul 2018)

Robert Jenrick: I appreciate that my hon. Friend has been campaigning for such things since before his election. We have provided £35 million for the Oxford Science Transit scheme, which will enhance the A40 between Oxford and Witney. As for the A40 more generally, the Government are providing £150 million through the Oxfordshire housing deal, which he could tap into to see further improvements on...


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