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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 16th October 1991.

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Photo of Tom Clarke Tom Clarke Shadow Minister (Disability) 3:30 pm, 16th October 1991

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am sure that Scotland will have noticed your choice.

The Secretary of State referred to his evidence to the Select Committee on Health, but has he given some thought to other people's evidence? For example, has he considered the Chairman's draft report before the 20 pages were torn out? If so, what did he feel about the quality of evidence from Bradford, Leeds and Lewisham, which showed that the business plans bore little resemblance to what happened thereafter? There was no mention of bailing out. In view of the shambles that was made known to the Select Committee, should not the Secretary of State at least have hesitated before making a statement today containing the same mistaken policies?