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TREASURY – BRIEFING THE MEDIA BEFORE PARLIAMENT - 26 October 2021

TREASURY – BRIEFING THE MEDIA BEFORE PARLIAMENT - 26 October 2021

Dr Julian Lewis: The Minister is one of the nice guys in Parliament and richly deserved his promotion. What he did not deserve was to be put in this position by an untenable policy. I have to ask him the question: why is it important, right or necessary to share Budget information with the media before it is shared with this House, where it can be subjected to proper scrutiny, and will he give an undertaking on behalf of the Treasury team to stop doing it?

[The Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Mr Simon Clarke): I thank my right hon. Friend for his kind words. As a Treasury team – indeed, as a Government – we are all committed to ensuring that this House is fully respected. That remains at the core of our work. As a Member of this House, I take that very seriously, and so does the Chancellor. Clearly, when we set out certain announcements, we try to provide some specific information about what the Government are seeking to achieve with those measures. We have respected absolutely and in full the stricture that we should not be talking about tax measures or adjustments, and that is something that I can commit we will absolutely continue to do.]