G20 and Leadership of EU Institutions Debate

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Department: Cabinet Office

G20 and Leadership of EU Institutions

Richard Benyon Excerpts
Wednesday 3rd July 2019

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Jul 2019, 1:44 p.m.

We continue to put pressure on the United States on the climate change agreement, and to raise with it the importance of the issue. As far as we are concerned, the NHS will never be privatised. We will continue to ensure that decisions about public services are taken by UK Governments, not by our trade partners, and future trade agreements will not alter that. Indeed, the President himself made it clear, following his visit to the United Kingdom, that the national health service was not part of that trade agreement.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Jul 2019, 1:44 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend for her leadership on environmental matters and on tackling climate change. Yesterday, the all-party environment group heard from Lord Adair Turner that although Britain makes only 1.5% of global emissions, our influence abroad is massive, not just because we are a world leader in tackling climate change here, but because of the possibility of green tech jobs and investment in the United Kingdom economy. Does my right hon. Friend understand that that is a real legacy of hers? I hope that future Governments will commit further to this.

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Jul 2019, 1:45 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend for that, and for the work he has done on environmental issues in his ministerial roles. He continues to champion these issues. I absolutely agree with him. There are those who say that we can either have economic growth or tackle climate change. That is a false dichotomy. Tackling climate change is about developing new types of job, new technology, and new areas of employment for our economy. Already, something like 400,000 people are employed in, effectively, the clean growth economy—in renewable energy and so forth—and we will see many more such jobs being created. The message that we need to take around the world is that this is about future economies, and future employment and jobs.