Last week I attended a breakfast meeting with local businessmen and women and was interested at their reaction to the Budget, which they thought to be fair and decisive. There was a feeling that British business will rise to the challenge if given the opportunity, with lower taxes and less regulation. There was a recognition that we could not go on with a deficit which was higher than Greece’s without running the risk that interest rates would rise to unacceptable levels.
Earlier last week, I renewed my call in Parliament for action to improve river quality, particularly in our chalk streams, tabled Questions about the review of public sector pensions and took part in the debate on global poverty. I was particularly delighted to see Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, make his Maiden Speech. He was witty, described his Constituency well and made some important points about the role of GlaxoSmithKline as a major employer in his Constituency.
On Friday afternoon, I went to see the sports at Icknield Walk School in Royston, and presented the Cup to the winning team for School Sport Week, sponsored by Lloyd’s TSB. I always enjoy school events. It is good to see how enthusiastic and well-behaved our youngsters are.