CABINET OFFICE – MILBURN'S SINECURE – 8 March 2005

Dr Julian Lewis: It is quite obvious that the Chancellor of the Duchy would not like the country to know how much his office is costing until after the election is over, so may I try to assist him? May I advise him that, according to my reckonings, he has spent at the Dispatch Box since his appointment somewhat less than the 45 minutes for which this dodgy Government will forever be remembered? It works out at about £2,000 a minute at the Dispatch Box. Does he think that his special friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, would regard his record as good value for money?