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Duel: Are there too many government departments?

Is government too much of a maze, or good enough as it is? Our panellists battle it out

Our combatants John McTernan (left, yes) and Sue Cameron (right, no)

Are there too many government departments?


Why do we have an agriculture department? Why should a sector that generates 1 to 2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) be represented in the Cabinet? The best answer I have been given is that someone needs to administer the rural payments scheme, which distributes subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy…

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