David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, supported the measures outlined in the Queen’s Speech during a House of Commons debate yesterday.
He said that the Queen’s Speech should be seen as a continuation of the programme started two years ago. Mr Evennett said:
“I welcome the fact that this Queen’s Speech is not inundated with new Bills. Under the unlamented Labour Government, there was too much legislation, and mere legislation is not the answer. This programme has targeted legislation dealing with the real issues—for example, the enterprise Bill and the banking reform Bill, both of which are vital and helpful”.
He said that the Government’s main priority must be the economy. Mr Evennett commented that:
“At the heart of the Government’s approach is the determination to get our economy back on track, growing and creating new businesses, new jobs and new opportunities. Ministers’ first priority is to reduce the deficit, restore economic stability and focus on economic growth. That is fundamental to any Government, and this Government are committed to doing so.”
He then spoke about the Government’s plan to support businesses by cutting regulations, reducing inspections and cutting taxes. Mr Evennett said:
“Businesses create the wealth that allows the Government to fund all our vital public services. Therefore, we are all, on whichever side of the House, keen to encourage, enthuse and improve small businesses so that they can be profitable for the benefit of society as a whole.”
He also welcomed the proposed Children and Families Bill, which will improve adoption services and better provision for children with disabilities and special educational needs.
The full text of the speech can be found here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm120514/debtext/120514-0002.htm#12051415000076