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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

I thank my hon. Friend for that question. I have addressed the substance of it, but let me make a point about Sir Amyas Morse. I think that Sir Amyas is a superb choice. As my hon. Friend may be aware, in a debate in the House of Commons on 6 March 2019, the Chamber united across the parties in praise of Sir Amyas. The Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Meg Hillier, called him

“a fearless advocate for what is good in the public sector and for challenging Governments of whatever party”.

The Liberal Democrat spokesman, Layla Moran, said that he was not only “unfailingly courteous”, but had

“an intelligence of steel. He has a knack for calling out obfuscation, fudge and imprecision”,


“a reputation for being completely fair.”—[Official Report, 6 March 2019;
Vol. 655, c. 1004-05.]

He is a very good choice to lead this review.