Ministerial Code

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:57 pm on 15th November 2005.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 7:57 pm, 15th November 2005

Perhaps the Committee was taken in by the protestations of purity that the Government articulated when they first took office, found itself disappointed some years later and realised that it needed tougher action after all. At the very least, the House must surely agree that it is odd that Members of Parliament can be referred to our own Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards or the Committee on Standards and Privileges, but that there is no point of reference for potential breaches of the ministerial code. Does the Minister consider the situation satisfactory?