As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the House on 20th October, the Government are considering the report of the Royal Commission on Standards of Conduct in Public Life, including the recommendation that
Parliament should consider bringing corruption, bribery and attempted bribery of a Member of Parliament acting in his Parliamentary capacity within the ambit of the criminal law.
This is a question for Parliament, and my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House will report to the House how he thinks we can best make progress in the matter.
Does my right hon. Friend accept that one thing that could give a fillip to the people who will be voting this week would be the announcement that in the next Session of Parliament we shall carry out the recommendations made by Lord Salmon in the Royal Commission's report to the extent that Members of Parliament will be treated like ordinary citizens in matters of corruption and bribery?
It would be as well for the House to consider the matter in depth. There is a major question whether, on matters affecting the House, outside bodies should consider what to do about Members of Parliament. Without prejudging the issue, I can say that we cannot expect quick legislation. We should think about the implications of the Salmon Commission's report.