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Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 12th April 2000.

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Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Trade and Industry) 6:45 pm, 12th April 2000

I will give way in a second.

It is important that we should know, in this debate, where the Opposition stand on this issue; after all, it is an Opposition day debate. They need to tell us what they would plan to do. Would they have continued with a benefit payment card project that was three years behind, vastly overspent and heading for disaster? We have been told time and again that the issue of privatisation is irrelevant to the debate.