CRONYISM – 21 October 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: Will the Leader of the House try to arrange for the Prime Minister to explain to the House next week the action that he has taken about a serious matter, which is the pressure being placed on the hon. Member for Coventry, North-West (Mr Robinson), the former Paymaster General, by members of the Prime Minister's office, not to refer in his memoirs to the improper soliciting before the general election of £250,000 from him for the funding of the Prime Minister's private office? Is not the seriousness of these allegations added to by the fact that the person who made that solicitation is now the Prime Minister's press secretary?