Some years ago a Cabinet minister was driving in a remote part of the country with the Permanent Secretary in his department. It was a foggy night and eventually they realised they were lost. ‘Where are we?’, they asked a farm labourer who happened to come along the road. He looked at them, a bit puzzled. ‘In a motor-car,’ he said. The Permanent Secretary turned to the Cabinet minister: ‘That’, he commented, ‘was the perfect answer to a Parliamentary Question. It was true, it was short, and it gave away no information that was not previously available.’
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