Was the Finance Bill worth the weight?

It was revealed this week that Chancellor Gordon Brown’s 342-page, 172-clause-and-20-schedule Finance Bill and Explanatory Notes weighs 2.20 grammes or just under 5lbs.

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No doubt it is more than worth its weight in gold to the Treasury, but others may take a different view – like the perspiring staff of the Commons Vote Office. They are required to manhandle sufficient copies of the Bill into their basement store to hand out a set to each MP, political reporters and sundry aides and advisers.

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