Education and Health

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 4:31 pm on 2nd June 2010.

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Photo of Edward Balls Edward Balls Shadow Secretary of State for Education 4:31 pm, 2nd June 2010

I remind the right hon. Gentleman that it is he who is now the Secretary of State, not I, and therefore he is the person who has to take the decisions and is responsible. It is not proper government for him to come to the House to make an announcement and for it to turn out that he has not even seen the advice on which the announcement has been made, and then for him airily to say, "Well, I think the figure is hundreds of thousands of pounds." The right way to do it is to get the information first, then make the decisions, and then report them to the House; that is a better way of doing things.