Opposition Day — Industry (Government Support) — 16 Jun 2010 at 18:45

Philip Dunne MP, Ludlow voted in favour of government policies aimed at a business-led economic recovery described by the opposition as reducing government support for businesses.

The majority of MPs rejected a motion put down by Labour MP Pat McFadden, preferring instead a version which had been amended by the Prime Minister.

The majority of MPs voted in favour of government policies aimed at a business-led economic recovery described by the opposition as reducing government support for businesses.

The original Labour opposition motion read:

"That this House

  • notes the need for a clear deficit reduction plan, and that such a plan must have at its heart measures to foster growth and create the conditions for a strong business-led recovery;
  • believes Government has a crucial role to play in fostering economic growth and in creating a better-balanced economy;
  • supports strategic decisions to back key sectors such as digital, life sciences, low carbon manufacturing and civil nuclear power;
  • congratulates the previous Government for supporting businesses through the downturn and laying the foundations for the UK to be globally competitive as the country makes the transition to a low carbon economy;
  • expresses serious concern that the Government's decisions risk removing key support for business and industry at a critical moment in the economic cycle;
  • further believes that cutting investment allowances will pull away vital support for manufacturers seeking to invest and grow;
  • further notes that the Government's scaling back of the regional development agencies at a time when recovery is fragile will impact on investment vital for regional economies; and
  • regrets the coalition Government's decision to place a question mark over a number of vital industrial support decisions taken by the previous Government.

The Prime Minister's amendment was to leave out from "power" to the end of the Question and add:

  • welcomes the Government's £150 million investment in a further 50,000 apprenticeships and their £50 million to support the college building programme that was in chaos under the last Government;
  • further welcomes the extra 10,000 university places on offer for 2010-11;
  • notes with concern the wasteful, ineffective policies pursued by the last Government regarding industrial support, and
  • commends the Government's plans for local enterprise partnerships that will deliver better value for money and support long-term growth objectives;
  • recognises the need for a review of all projects approved since 1 January 2010 to evaluate their worth to the economy and taxpayer;
  • welcomes Government support for entrepreneurs by reducing bureaucracy and increasing flexibility for both employees and employers; and
  • believes the Government has made a strong early start in providing the conditions for long-term low-carbon economic growth and rebalancing the economy.

This division was followed straight away by a further vote on the motion as amended.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con268 (+1 tell) 0087.9%
DUP2 0025.0%
Lab0 238 (+2 tell)093.0%
LDem46 (+1 tell) 0082.5%
PC2 0066.7%
SNP5 0083.3%
Total:323 238088.6%

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