Ministerial Conduct

Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 13th May 2003.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight 11:30 am, 13th May 2003

When the code of practice on ministerial conduct was last reviewed.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

A revised ministerial code was published in July 2001. Since then, the Government have agreed to two amendments to the code.

Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

I thank the Minister for that answer, but in view of what Clare Short said, is it not time for another review? She said that "errors" flow

"from the style and organisation of our Government"; that there is

"centralisation of power into the hands of the Prime Minister"; that there are "diktats" and

"policy initiatives being rammed through Parliament".—[Hansard, 12 May 2003; Vol. 405, c. 38.]

If we do not need a change in the code of conduct, do we need a bigger change in the Ministers?

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

There is little that I can usefully add to the comments of the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood yesterday. I fail to see that they have a direct bearing on the ministerial code, as the hon. Gentleman suggests.