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

First, the shadow Business Secretary called the Conservative European policy "crackpot", "dotty" and "absurd". I know that they are trying to find a way of sitting together but they do not agree with each other's views on Europe and many other things.

As for the action that we have taken, let me quote a member of the Conservative party who has to make decisions. The Mayor of London said:

"It's absolutely right that there's a huge problem in trying to get credit flowing and the Government is doing what it can."

That was the Mayor of London. He went on to say:

"if we get it right and we invest in the right things...and...make sure...that we drive forward the projects of infrastructure that we want to see developed over the next ten years, London could emerge...more competitive and better placed".

The Mayor of London is far from saying that we should not invest in public infrastructure, while the Conservative party says that we should not invest in infrastructure. The Mayor of London and the Conservative party hold totally different views.

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David Clark
Posted on 23 Jan 2009 3:50 pm (Report this annotation)

This does not even attempt to answer the question. It is tragic that the Parliamentary system introduces a procedure that should allow Parliament to hold the PM to account, but does not ensure that the system works by letting him avoid any question he is asked.