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Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: As the Chancellor has referred to my book—and no doubt others will do so, too—perhaps I should draw the House’s attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. From listening to the Chancellor, it is easy to forget one important fact. When we left office in 2010, our economy was growing; 12 months later, our economy is not growing at all....

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: According to Madam Deputy Speaker’s ruling, I have only eight minutes, which means I can give way twice to my benefit; after that, it counts against me. I will, however, give way to the hon. Member for Bromsgrove (Sajid Javid).

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: As we have heard today, the shadow Chancellor and the Labour party are still adopting my policy on the deficit. It was a sensible policy when I first announced it in 2008, and it is still a sensible policy today. The heart of my present argument is that while no one doubts that the deficit has to come down, the judgment to be made is about how fast we bring it down and the risks involved in...

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: I will gain another minute by giving way to the hon. Gentleman, so I will do so.

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: I have always made my position clear. One of the big achievements of April’s G20 meeting, led by the then Prime Minister my right hon. Friend the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Mr Brown), was to get countries to sign up to an increase in IMF funding. That has always been my position, and I am not going to depart from it because I believe that the IMF has a central role to play....

Opposition Day — (Un-allotted Day): Jobs and Growth (12 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: I will not, because it will count against me if I give way again. I hope that the Chancellor will produce measures to deal with the situation. He may wish to embark on infrastructure projects, although in my experience that is much easier said than done, and the interval between making a plan and putting a shovel into the ground can be a long one. Some of the road schemes that the Chancellor...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eurozone (10 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: I am glad that the Chancellor now realises that the policy of quantitative easing was, in fact, a good one and did help get our economy growing. Can he tell us how he plans to ensure that the additional £75 billion gets out of the bank vaults and on to the high street? He has mentioned the credit support scheme, on which we have not yet got some details, but I am sure that he would agree...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Independent Banking Commission Report (12 Sep 2011)

Alistair Darling: I am grateful to the Chancellor for plugging my book, but when he gets a chance to read it, I think that he will see that political parties on both sides of the House went along with the culture that led to some of the problems we had to deal with and that some of the shrillest voices calling for light-touch regulation were those of Members now sitting on the Treasury Bench. Will he tell us a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Afghanistan (6 Jul 2011)

Alistair Darling: May I join the Prime Minister in expressing my condolences to the family of Scott McLaren, who was killed in such tragic circumstances earlier this week? He came from Edinburgh. His loss of life is a reminder to us of the sacrifice being made in Afghanistan by so many young people from this country. When the Prime Minister spoke of drawing down troop levels next year, I think I am right in...

Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2011)

Alistair Darling: In the short time available, I shall not follow up on any points made by the right hon. Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Mr Lilley), except to say that when he talks about any element of fairness in the Chancellor’s last Budget and this Budget as regards those on the top incomes, I think he will find that some of the things he talks about have more to do with measures that were...

Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2011)

Alistair Darling: The structural deficit was 0.4%. Throughout the past decade, we were spending money, but I must say, as a Minister in that Government, we were greeted with calls from the then Opposition not to spend less but to spend more on just about every occasion. They cannot have it both ways. What worries me is that as we look forward, we face a number of pressures that are a threat to sustained...

Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2011)

Alistair Darling: I think there are many measures in the Budget, such as the reduction in corporation tax, the reform of planning law—if the Government can see that through their Back Benchers and councillors—and some others that will be helpful, but the thing that drives whether companies set up, take on more people or put in more investment is whether they can sell their goods and services. For...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Libya/European Council (28 Mar 2011)

Alistair Darling: Does the Prime Minister accept that when he referred to the discussions that took place last May on the eurozone fund he gave a somewhat incomplete account of my conversation with the now Chancellor? We did indeed agree that we should do everything we could to keep Britain out of the main part of the rescue fund, but in relation to the smaller element to which the Prime Minister refers, what...

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: I agree with the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr Tyrie) that we should be concerned about what is being done within Europe not only to deal with the immediate crisis in Ireland but in relation to the other problems that I believe will arise during the course of next year. The piecemeal approach that Europe has adopted, certainly in the past two or three years, has got to stop. I shall return...

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: The circumstances in which Ireland finds itself are complex, but there is no doubt that one problem is that a common interest rate right across Europe is perhaps inappropriate for an economy that is rapidly investing in an asset bubble. However, I do not have the same phobia about the euro that many Conservative Members still have, 20 years on.

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: Talking of which, I give way to the phobic-in-chief.

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: Yes, but as I said earlier, because of QMV, the deal would have gone through anyway. I also do not agree with the hon. Gentleman's analysis or that the legal position was that clear-cut.

Loans to Ireland Bill (Allocation of Time): Loans to Ireland Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Alistair Darling: No-I will not do so because of the time constraints. I agree with many hon. Members that Europe urgently needs a robust and workable rescue mechanism. We cannot wait until 2013, which brings me to my second main point. As I have said, I am concerned about the piecemeal way in which Europe as a whole, and the eurozone in particular, address the problems that they face. Even today, there is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Financial Assistance (Ireland) (22 Nov 2010)

Alistair Darling: I agree with the Chancellor that he is absolutely right that it is in our country's interests that we do everything we can to help Ireland through its present difficulties. Although he and I agree that I was right to keep us out of the eurozone support fund, it is the case that some money coming from Europe is partly subscribed by us and also the IMF, but does that not demonstrate that it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Redfern Inquiry (16 Nov 2010)

Alistair Darling: I add my thanks to Michael Redfern for his very substantial report, which is far weightier and far more extensive than we anticipated when I commissioned his work three and a half years ago. It is difficult to judge what happened over a period of 50 years-of course, standards, ethics and the law have changed very substantially-but does the Secretary of State accept two things? First, many...


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