Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:08 pm on 30th April 2002.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Labour, Cardiff West 8:08 pm, 30th April 2002

I emphasise at the outset that I have never met Mr. Bercow outside the House, despite his remarks. He described the Chief Secretary as Vesuvius, but it was the hon. Gentleman who brought a volcanic metaphor to mind. He resembled a miniature Stromboli, huffing and puffing and showering the Chamber with rhetorical sparks, but ultimately destructive and negative, leaving a lingering whiff of bad eggs. At least he did not speak for as long as Mr. Davey, who rumbled on and on without threatening to erupt into life. I should congratulate Mr. Weir, who spoke on behalf of Plaid Cymru as well as the Scottish National party.