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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:28 pm on 28th March 2007.

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Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn Minister of State (Sport), Department for Culture, Media & Sport 6:28 pm, 28th March 2007

No, I will not.

Let me go back to what happened eight weeks ago, when we heard three of the most senior Opposition Members welcome the report. Last Friday, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, who happened to be working in New York, got a telephone call from the hon. Member for East Devon, in which he said "We have changed our minds. Why have we done that? Because the boss has told me to change my mind." The shadow Chancellor is running around and telling Manchester, "I'm very sorry indeed; I've got to change my mind." I have never seen such inconsistency, and these people are asking to be elected to government. They cannot even sort anything out in eight weeks.

Quite honestly, I think that the hon. Member for East Devon has spent 50 per cent. of his time trying to dig himself out of a hole that he dug in his comments on 30 January. Does he want me to give way? I am offering to do so. I think that he has been trying to justify his actions.