Examination of Witnesses (Questions 780-786)
RT HON PAUL BOATENG AND MR CLIVE MAXWELL
WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH 2002
780. Yes, but you are not denying that there is a clear link between the proposals in the spending plan which relate to the degree to which motoring increases, which might mean that more people buy cars, etcetera, and the tax assumptions you are making?
(Mr Boateng) Yes, but the one is not dependent upon the other.
Helen Jackson: I think they are.
781. I think, SecretaryNo, Financial Minister.
(Mr Boateng) Financial Secretary.
782. We find you so interestingly explicit about everything that we sometimes forget who you are!
(Mr Boateng) I do not think you ever do that, Mrs Dunwoody, any more than I forget who you are!
783. Good. If you do, Mr Boateng, I will remind you!
(Mr Boateng) I am sure you will.
784. Can I say that we have found this session most
(Mr Boateng) "Entertaining" is the word you want!
785. Yes, not instructive, but entertaining. With all respect to you, I think it will be helpful if we send you a series of questions which we would like you to reply to in writing, because that is the function of Select Committeesto gather information.
(Mr Boateng) Quite so, Mrs Dunwoody.
786. I am so glad you came.
(Mr Boateng) Thank you very much.
Chairman: The Committee stands adjourned.