BUSINESS QUESTION – MORE BURYING OF BAD NEWS – 23 June 2005

Dr Julian Lewis: Is not the Leader of the House [Geoffrey Hoon] showing just a touch of disingenuousness in focusing on the question whether or not people can get back for the vote? Surely the point about his ingenuity in keeping the spirit of Jo Moore alive by seeking to bury bad news – at sea, on this occasion – is the way in which these events will be reported? The debate on Identity Cards is not good news for the Government and it will be overshadowed by the report of the first Royal Fleet review since 1977. So may I congratulate the Leader of the House on his ingenuity in seeking to cheat the media in this way?