I gave the Paymaster General's office four days' notice of my question in the hope of a considered reply. Does the Minister dispute the enunciation by Sir Kenneth Clucas, who is a distinguished civil servant, that on 4 January the Prime Minister put Sir Robert Armstrong in a very difficult position, and that it was unethical for the Cabinet Secretary to embark on an inquiry to which he knew the answer before he started?
I have nothing to add to what has already been said by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, and other Ministers, in statements and in reply to questions.
I think that my hon. Friend will agree that his question had a rhetorical purpose, and that rhetorical purpose was caught.