03/07/2014 05:35 BST | Updated 03/07/2014 06:59 BST

Watch George Osborne Dodge 7x8 Maths Question From Child

George Osborne will now be frantically brushing up on his times tables in his Treasury office after he dodged answering a simple maths question asked by a seven year old boy.

The chancellor, who was being interviewed by children on Sky News, was asked by Sam Raddings whether he was good at maths. "I did maths A-level so I have been tested at school," Osborne said. "What's 7x8?" the boy asked. The chancellor replied: "I've made it a rule in life not to answer a load of maths questions."

For the record chancellor, 7x8 equals 56.

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Osborne was being asked questions by First News, a newspaper for young people. He also revealed he liked "uplifting" Pharrell Williams songs and that when he was a child he saved up to buy "something called a Scalextric".

And he said he thought the "rowdy" atmosphere of prime minister's questions was not a problem. "I'd much rather have a House of Commons, a parliament, which is lively and people feel passionately about things than a really quiet place," he said.

One girl asked him: "If the country was in debt and you needed help sorting out that problem who would you ask and why?" Osborne replied: "David Cameron." Suck up.

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