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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport) 9:30 am, 22nd January 2015

My advice to the hon. Gentleman is that it is always better to be sharp than to be blunt, but that option is not available to him most of the time. The truth is that we have listened, because we want to move forward in a spirit of consensus. We know that it is vital to reform the code, and we want to do it properly. The Opposition made the case that we should withdraw it, think again and work with all concerned to make it work, but now when we do so, they criticise us. They cannot have it both ways.