New Clause 7 — Variation in limit of number of holders of Ministerial offices

Part of Speaker's Statement – in the House of Commons at 9:30 pm on 25th October 2010.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons 9:30 pm, 25th October 2010

Again, the hon. Gentleman seeks to draw me back to debates that we have had on other parts of the Bill. However, I repeat that I do not think that there is a simple arithmetical relationship between the number of Ministers in the Government and the number of Members in this House, other than the view, which is my view and that of right hon. and hon. Friends, that we need to reduce the scope of Government patronage. That is something in which we are already engaged.