Point of Order

– in the House of Commons at 3:34 pm on 3rd March 2008.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley 3:34 pm, 3rd March 2008

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. As all Members know, the Government have said on a number of occasions that the police pay award cannot be honoured in full because it would be inflationary, and that any pay increase would be eaten up by inflation. On the back of that, I tabled a written question to the Chancellor asking what effect paying the police 1.9 per cent. and 2.5 per cent. would have on the official inflation rate, to try to tease out from the Government exactly what the inflationary impact would be. I received a reply from a Minister, which did not address the question at all. It merely stated:

"The Government are committed to continuing to support public sector workers in their efforts to deliver the best possible public services."—[ Hansard, 6 February 2008; Vol. 471, c. 1197W.]

I therefore tabled the following question to calculate—


It seems to me that the treasury minister gave a disgraceful answer to an important question raised in a proper way by an "honourable member". If only the British people at large read these things and saw first-hand the glib, half soaked responses that our incompetent government give to questions which cut to the very heart of both the public purse and public policy. Sadly, the Speaker can't do anything to help.

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Photo of Michael Martin Michael Martin Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

Order. I am going to assist the hon. Gentleman by saying that that is not a point of order, and that it is not a matter for me as I have no responsibility for the perceived quality of a Minister's reply. Therefore, I cannot take this matter any further.


The speaker slopes his shoulders, but who's responsibility is it to ensure the government answer legitimate questions correctly. If nobody's then what hope do we...

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