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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:19 pm on 15th November 2005.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office) 8:19 pm, 15th November 2005

My hon. Friend's suggestion is reasonable and fair. I would be interested to hear whether the Conservatives find that approach attractive, as it would be much easier to do that on a bipartisan basis, and the Conservative wind-up should offer a detailed response on that.

The hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell referred to control over special advisers and their work, which is a regular theme for him, but he ignores the fact that we introduced a contract, oversaw the numbers and published those details, which had never happened previously.

Another substantial area of public investment in which there seems to be limited oversight, which was raised in questions in the House either today or yesterday, is the way in which the taxpayer legitimately subsidises unpopular political parties through the Short money. I am not questioning the principle, which is accepted—