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Private Sector Employment

Volume 554: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2012

15. What recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on increasing private sector employment in Wales. (129647)

The Government have taken action to protect the economy and have set out a comprehensive strategy to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth. Because of this action, we have seen over 1 million private sector jobs created across the UK since we came to power. [Interruption.]

Order. The House is now immensely disorderly. In the interests of the hon. Gentleman, let us have a bit of order.

In two years, this Government have created 1.2 million net new private sector jobs—nearly double the amount that the previous Government created in 10 years. How have we done in Wales?

I am very pleased to inform the House that we are seeing similar good progress in Wales. The House of Commons Library tells me that an estimated 60,000 additional private sector jobs have been created in Wales since May 2010.