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Part of Finance (No. 3) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 19th November 2018.

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Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart Conservative, Brentwood and Ongar 6:45 pm, 19th November 2018

Cicero, as the hon. Gentleman knows, was one of the great minds of the Roman senate, and I can say with full certainty what he would have made of new clause 1. He would have said that it was a waste of time. We can rely on the Treasury to keep us informed of all the ins and outs of Government policy. We do not need additional laws and additional bureaucracy to achieve that. I know that the hon. Gentleman is a great lover of reviews. We have sat in many Committees together over the years, and he has tabled amendments calling for review upon review, which Parliament has always, sadly, declined to accept.