Lindsay Hoyle – 2022 Statement on Michael Gove’s Department Leaking Information to Media

The statement made by Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, in the House on 10 January 2022.

Before I call the Secretary of State to make his statement, I have to express once again my disappointment that important announcements have been made first to the media, rather than to this House. In this case, I accept that issues of market sensitivity meant that announcements had to be made this morning. However, I am told that the announcements were required because of speculation about the policy change over the weekend. That speculation appears to have been substantially accurate, which means that the media appear to have known the details before this House did. If that is the case, I would be grateful if the Secretary of State could confirm that a leak inquiry is to be held.