Government Powers (Limitation) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:57 pm on 14th March 2003.

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Photo of Eric Forth Eric Forth Conservative, Bromley and Chislehurst 1:57 pm, 14th March 2003

Perhaps my hon. Friend will touch in passing on the size of what we in this place call the payroll, which, as he knows, is a device whereby the Government seek to swell their own ranks in the Westminster and Whitehall context. It involves not only Ministers, but Whips, who must not be forgotten, and Parliamentary Private Secretaries, who have been much in the news recently and who all seem to be on the point of resignation over Iraq, as well as chauffeur-driven cars, private offices and all the other accoutrements of ministerial office. Will he comment on the pernicious effect of all that on the Parliament-Government relationship?