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

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Conservative, Hemel Hempstead 3:29, 15 June 2023

The Minister and the civil servants who are listening will realise just how petrified officials were when I walked into my first ministerial position and said, “By the way, I memorise—I do not read—the submissions that you want me to read out at the Dispatch Box.” In a further seven Departments, the message not to try to push stuff in front of me eventually got round Westminster. It is interesting that we take for granted that people are reading verbatim what is in front of them. An awful lot of people with reading and learning difficulties do not. They actually go with their gut feeling, which is what I have always tended to do.