By Tim Montgomerie
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Earlier in the House of Commons Oliver Letwin MP outlined the Coalition's new White Paper on the future of the public services. He began by saying that his aim was to give poorer people the same choice as richer people:
"When public services aren’t up to scratch, those who are well off can pay for substitutes. But for those who are not well off, there is no opportunity to pay for substitutes. So we need to give everybody the same choice in, and the same power over, the services they receive that well off people already have."
He then set out the five principles that underpin the White Paper and of the Coalition's vision for the public services:
The Cabinet Office Minister said that transparency of government data was essential to enabling change. Perestroika needed glasnost, he said later in an answer to a question from Stephen Dorrell: