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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 26th January 2006.

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Photo of Richard Bacon Richard Bacon Conservative, South Norfolk 6:30 pm, 26th January 2006

I had a conversation with the former Minister—I shall not embarrass him by naming him—who was responsible for the decision to go ahead with the Criminal Records Bureau project. He told me that he sat in a room with 12 people, read the relevant information, said, "This isn't going to work, is it?", and twelve voices replied, "Yes, Minister." Does that example not indicate the lack of independent advice available to Ministers on these complex projects?