Sir George Young (North-West Hampshire) (Con): In his first statement to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister launched the document “The Governance of Britain”. In paragraph 104, it states that the House of Commons scrutinises the Treasury’s plans and objectives in its pre-Budget report debate. What has happened to that debate? Why are we debating the House of Commons Members’ fund next Tuesday, instead of the comprehensive spending review and the PBR?
Ms Harman: The debate on the reports from the Modernisation Committee will give us an opportunity to discuss how we allocate the days set aside for debating defence, for example, or the Queen’s Speech, or the Budget. We need to step back and take an overview of the year so that as many matters as possible can be debated. The PBR has not always been followed by days of debate, but the right hon. Gentleman has raised this matter with me before and we can discuss it further on Thursday.