Question to the Prime Minister


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Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr) (PC):
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 14 May.

The Prime Minister (Mr David Cameron):
This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House I shall have further such meetings later today.

Jonathan Edwards:
The UK now has 104 billionaires—top of the global league. London alone has 72 billionaires—the top city in the world. Meanwhile, west Wales and the valleys is also top—in the top five poorest regions in western Europe. Is the Prime Minister at all concerned, or is he, like Labour’s Lord Mandelson, “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich”?

The Prime Minister:
I can say to the hon. Gentleman that what is worthwhile is the massive fall in unemployment and the increase in employment that we have seen across our country. In Wales, unemployment has fallen by 5,000 in the last quarter and fallen by 25,000 since the last election. That means that in Wales there are 59,000 more people in work. In terms of making sure that the richest in our country pay their taxes, actually we see the richest 1% paying a greater percentage of income tax than ever they did under Labour. We are seeing a broad-based recovery, and I want to make sure that everyone in our country can benefit. That is why we are cutting people’s taxes and allowing people to keep the first £10,000 of what they earn before they pay any income tax.

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