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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G20 (7 Nov 2011)

Alistair Darling: Understandably, the Prime Minister is putting a brave face on what happened last week. On any viewing, the G20 failed to reach its aims on growth, on the imbalances or on the eurozone crisis, which is as bad now as it was a few days ago. I see that there were reports that the G20 is planning to meet again, perhaps as early as in the remaining part of this year or at the beginning of next...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Nov 2011)

Alistair Darling: When the Prime Minister goes to the G20 meeting over the next couple of days, will he try to persuade his colleagues of the urgency of coming up with some detail on the eurozone settlement reached last week? It is not at all clear how on earth Greece will get out of its difficulties, even if the referendum passes. European banks will need shoring up well before next summer, and as for the new...

Business, Innovation and Skills: Eurozone Crisis (27 Oct 2011)

Alistair Darling: Does the Chancellor agree that one reason why the bank recapitalisation worked three years ago was that we were able to provide precisely the sort of detail required to reassure markets that we were taking the necessary action? When can we expect to hear, for example, exactly how much Greek debt is to be written down, and which banks in continental Europe will require additional funds from...

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. Growth has...

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. With...

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 announced...

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 as long...

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.

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