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 Fraser Kemp Fraser Kemp Labour, Houghton and Washington East 7:57 pm, 15th November 2005

If the hon. Gentleman's proposition is successful, will he urge the independent adviser to take on board a report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life, which pointed out that for Opposition spokesmen there was "no specific requirement" that they divest themselves of financial interests along the lines of the ministerial code? However, Lord Neill of Bladen went on to say that they are able to exercise influence over parliamentary matters and over the wider political debate in their capacity as spokesmen and women, and that that warrants investigation. Will the hon. Gentleman urge his independent adviser to take on board the comments of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, in order that we can avoid any sense of impropriety when Opposition Front-Bench spokesmen and women receive funds from companies and organisations which cover their sphere of influence on the Opposition Front Bench?