Commons leader Andrew Lansley said there was "no truth" in allegations that Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith tried to blame "shocking" failures in his welfare reform programme on his most senior departmental official.
Mr Lansley said he had spoken to Mr Duncan Smith about allegations that he and members of his parliamentary team approached members of the Public Accounts Committee to ensure that his department's chief civil servant was blamed for the "alarmingly weak" handling of Universal Credit reform.
I have talked to Mr Duncan Smith and I can tell the House that there is no need for a statement.
I can tell you and the House now there is no truth in the allegations made about talking to members of the Public Accounts Committee because I talked to Mr Duncan Smith so I can tell the House.
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