Open Government

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd November 1992.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans , Ribble Valley 12:00 am, 2nd November 1992

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings he has held with the Consumers Association to discuss the subject of open government.

Photo of Robert Jackson Robert Jackson , Wantage

Along with Maurice Frankel, I addressed a meeting organised by the Consumers Association, on the subject of open government during last month's Conservative party conference in Brighton. It was constructive and very well attended.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans , Ribble Valley

Will my hon. Friend confirm that his responsibilities for open government go hand in hand with the requirements of the citizens charter? The citizens charter has caught the imagination and the support of many people; so would any further progress towards open government.

Photo of Robert Jackson Robert Jackson , Wantage

I agree that the responsibilities of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for open government are an important aspect of his overall responsibility. Early next year the Department will produce another White Paper on the subject, and the House will have an opportunity to consider it then.

Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Walsall North

Would it not be a positive sign of open government if Tory Members were allowed to vote on Wednesday's motion without any further arm-twisting or threats of deselection? Will the Minister recommend that to the Prime Minister?

Photo of Robert Jackson Robert Jackson , Wantage

It would be a great help to us all if the Labour party stayed on a consistent course on the European question.