Point of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:16 pm on 15th May 2003.

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Photo of John Reid John Reid Lord Privy Seal, Chair, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Privy Council Office), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 1:16 pm, 15th May 2003

This is an important point about how we govern the country. Opposition Front Benchers are the first to declare at every opportunity that there is no collective Cabinet discussion. There is such discussion, and it results in decisions. Even when such a decision is known to have been reached some time in advance, its terms can still alter. The Cabinet meeting finished two hours ago. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has been finishing the final version of the statement that she is to make in that period.

Finally, I do not know on what evidence David Maclean based his statement that I was despairing this morning. First, I am not the type to despair and, secondly, that certainly did not happen this morning.