I think this is first time in my life that I've ever chaired a meeting when I did not know the answer to the questions that were being asked at the beginning of it. I usually come with my prejudices so intact – PCC meetings of course I run on the democratic principle in a rather modified form of democracy in which the chairman guides the discussion rather heavily. But I really do come today with no fixed opinion at all but I come, as I'm sure all of us do, wanting to find out about an issue which affects us and affects the people that we work with very much indeed.
So it is very good that we've got a distinguished panel of speakers so I don't have to do much by way of introduction because you've got all their potted biographies on the sheet in front of you and there is not much point in my repeating those. So first all can I welcome Frances Cairncross to open the battle.
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