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Coalition Government (Mid-term Review)

Volume 556: debated on Monday 7 January 2013

Today, at the halfway point in the Parliament, the Government are publishing a mid-term document.

Two and a half years ago, the coalition came together and formed a Government at a time of significant economic danger. The Programme for Government, which was published in May 2010, described the decisions and policies that the Government believed were required to address the fiscal deficit, to rebalance the economy, to improve the public services, to build a better society and to reinforce Britain’s position in the world.

This mid-term review highlights the key actions of the coalition to date and illustrates the progress that has been made in taking forward the principal policies contained within the programme for government.

On all of its key aims the coalition Government remain steadfast and united.

As well as describing what has been done since the start of the Parliament, the review document also sets out the coalition’s priorities for the remainder of the Parliament—with the twin aims of enabling the UK to compete in the global race at a time of increasing international competition and of enabling all of our citizens to fulfil their aspirations.

The Government will, above all, prioritise reducing the deficit, rebalancing the economy, and reforming welfare and education. But the review identifies a large number of policies in other areas that will be implemented during the second half of the Parliament—including setting out some future policy directions.

I am placing a copy of the review document in the Libraries of both Houses.