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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:48 pm on 22nd February 2017.

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Photo of Oliver Letwin Oliver Letwin Conservative, West Dorset 1:48 pm, 22nd February 2017

Does my hon. Friend and neighbour agree that history suggests that complicated formulae invented by clever statisticians usually go horribly wrong? There is a great deal to be said in this instance, for the reasons that he advances of transparency, simplicity and stability, for tilting towards a formula based on population that we can all understand. Not only would that help Dorset, but it might help the country as a whole.