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Lisbon Agenda

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what policies her Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom’s fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria. (155839)

The Government fully supports the aims of the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs. Reforms across EU member states consistent with the Strategy to boost productivity and skills, expanding participation in the labour market and increasing social inclusion, are key parts of the response to the challenges and opportunities of globalisation.

In line with the aims of the Lisbon Strategy, the Government are pursuing a comprehensive programme of long-term structural reform to deliver strong and sustainable economic performance and employment growth, including addressing specific skills shortages through its managed migration policy. This is set out in the UK National Reform programme, progress against which the Government reports on annually. The most recent progress report was published in September and is available in the Library of the House and on the website of HM Treasury.