Government Regulation

In an opposition debate to draw attention to excessive regulation, Charles makes an intervention questioning the Minister about what happened to the 20 million European jobs promised at a summit in Lisbon.

Mr. Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): I think that it was in 2000 or 2001 that the EU had the Lisbon summit, at which those involved pledged to create 20 million new jobs by 2010. Will the Minister explain in his own words why it is so palpably clear to all hon. Members that we will miss that target? In fact, Europe collectively has not created one new job in that period.

Mr. Hutton: I certainly want to deal with Europe in a second, if the hon. Gentleman will bear with me, but we are doing very well, thank you, in this country because of the policies that we are pursuing. "