Home Office Restructuring

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 11:31 am on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 11:31 am, 29th March 2007

The Home Secretary said today that the Prime Minister decided only today on the change, yet BBC television reported it last night, saying that there would be a statement today. Why are the Government briefing the BBC before Members of this House?

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David Brede
Posted on 30 Mar 2007 7:45 pm (Report this annotation)

Peter Bone should focus on what is good for his constituents rather than failing to make a cheap political point.

Thomas Pursglove
Posted on 1 Apr 2007 6:27 pm (Report this annotation)

It is ridiculous to suggest that it is correct for the media to be informed and briefed on a statement first! The House of Commons holds sovereignty meaning that it is here that the Government should first inform members of forthcoming business and legislative/departmental developments. This is a further example of the Government trying to by-pass the Conventions of Parliament - a disgraceful act in its own right.

To this end it was quite right for Mr. Bone to raise such an issue in order to protect the conventions of the House and the public from such sharp practice.

Pauline Campbell
Posted on 1 Apr 2007 11:21 pm (Report this annotation)

Home Office restructuring: this is yet another example of the Government's unfortunate habit of briefing the media before Members of the House.

Mr Peter Bone, Conservative MP, is highlighting the unacceptable practice of Government by-passing the Conventions of Parliament - not at all the same thing as someone attempting to make a "cheap political point".