Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:46 pm on 30th April 2002.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury 4:46 pm, 30th April 2002

The hon. Gentleman's generosity of spirit is appreciated. This is a case of, "Methinks he doth protest too much." Does he not recall that Mr. McFall, the distinguished Chairman of the Treasury Committee, was present on the occasion in question and that it took place on a full parliamentary day when an important vote on a major piece of legislation was due to take place? It was greatly to the credit—and a proper of reflection of the attention to duty—of my hon. Friends the Members for Sevenoaks (Mr. Fallon), for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) and for Chichester (Mr. Tyrie) and, in fairness, a reflection of the dedication of Mr. Laws, that they were present. They were doing their job, earning their salaries and respecting their constituents. It is a pity that Dr. Palmer did not display a similar attitude.