The uncorrected transcript of the evidence I gave to the Public Administration Committee (along with Peter Riddell and Robert Hazell) is now available on the Committee website and can be read here. Although uncorrected, it is a very accurate transcript. My contributions sometimes create problems for those doing the transcribing (I can offer quite long sentences, sometimes uttered at speed) but here it seems spot on.
In the session I managed to get over the points I wanted to make, complementing a short memorandum I submitted in advance of the session. The memorandum will be included with the oral evidence when the Committee’s report is published. As you will see, all three of us giving evidence were of one view in respect of the number of ministers. There are too many of them relative to the tasks of government. The emphasis should be on quality rather than quantity.