On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. During his remarks in response to me earlier, the Chief Secretary referred to the Opposition hiring certain former Government advisers to advise them. Would the right hon. Gentleman like to take this opportunity to make it clear that he understands that no money is changing hands in any of these transactions, and that anyone who has made the decision to advise the Opposition has done so because he believes that that is in the best interests of this country?
The Chief Secretary may offer a brief reply if he wishes, but he is not under any obligation.
I am happy to offer the clarification that that is my understanding. I spoke to Dr. Read last night and he made that point to me very clearly.
I am grateful.