Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 21st January 2009.

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Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party 11:30 am, 21st January 2009

I should tell the hon. Gentleman the real facts: our proposals are for more transparency than the Conservative party's proposals were and for more transparency than is the case in most Parliaments in the world. That is why we will publish a revised Green Book with clear rules, and there will be enhanced audit by the National Audit Office. We will put the proposals to the House on a free vote. We thought we had agreement on the implications of the Freedom of Information Act as part of this wider package. Recently, the support that we believed we had from the main Opposition party was withdrawn. I believe that all-party support is important on this particular matter, on which we will continue to consult.

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David Clark
Posted on 23 Jan 2009 10:54 am (Report this annotation)

What a strange development. First a whipped vote, then the PM says it is a free vote, later it becomes no vote. Was this a change of policy or a slip of the tongue by the PM when answering the question that ha dto be covered up by deleting the whole thing.