Youth unemployment and bank bonuses debated by MPs

24 January 2012

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rachel Reeves, moved an Opposition debate in the House of Commons on Monday 23 January on youth unemployment and taxation of bank bonuses.

Youth unemployment and bank bonuses

The Opposition motion stated that "cutting spending and raising taxes too far and too fast has choked off the recovery and pushed up unemployment and that it was a mistake for the Government to abolish the Future Jobs Fund". The motion also called "on the Government to take urgent action to kickstart the economy to promote jobs and growth and to reconsider its refusal to introduce a tax on bankers' bonuses this year".

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, responded on behalf of the Government.

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debate on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find parliamentary material on unemployment in the Topics and News sections.

Opposition day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties.

The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.

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