Select Committee on Treasury Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses(Questions 180-182)



  180. So you are not going to tell me?
  (Mr Macpherson) For some of these, for example on the criminal justice system, the proposals have yet to be fully developed and announced but, as it says here, our ambition is to develop a modernised inspection regime.

  181. If you had said we had not arrived at final costings, I would have accepted that. If you want to say that is the position—is that the position?
  (Mr Macpherson) I am very sorry if I misinterpreted what you said. What I was answering was whether I thought these proposals were affordable.

  182. You had a direct question from me had you costed them, and you said yes. If you want to change that answer to no we will call it a draw.
  (Mr Macpherson) I am happy to call it a draw.

  Chairman: Could I thank you for your appearance today. I think a bit of a cloud has descended. Let us hope when you hot-foot it back to the Chancellor it will be a bright and visible day tomorrow. Thank you very much.

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