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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:17 pm on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle 12:17 pm, 29th March 2007

Congressional committees in the United States ordinarily take evidence on oath, and my friend the Leader of the House told me yesterday in a written answer that it is open to Select Committees to require witnesses to give evidence on oath. Given the controversy over the remarks of the previous Cabinet Secretary, and the fact that my friend is now campaign manager for someone who has been described as a Stalinist, I am interested in my friend's views; would he encourage Select Committees to take evidence on oath on appropriate occasions?