Backbench Business

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:29 pm on 15 June 2023.

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Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 3:29, 15 June 2023

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. I congratulate my right hon. Friend Sir Mike Penning on securing this debate, and I thank him sincerely for the personal experiences that he has brought into it.

For what it is worth, I did not know that my right hon. Friend has lived with dyslexia. I have seen him so many times in the Chamber, both at the Dispatch Box and as am eminent Back Bencher. I am genuinely in awe of his ability to memorise the briefs that we get. Anyone who has had to stand at the Dispatch Box, whether in Government or in Opposition, will know how densely written and complex they can be.