Ministerial Code

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:19 pm on 15th November 2005.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office) 8:19 pm, 15th November 2005

With due respect to the smaller parties, the 2000 Act was opposed by the main Opposition party. Through the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, we reformed donations from overseas donors.

The Public Administration Committee acknowledged those developments in its report, "The Ministerial Code: Improving the Rulebook":

"The Government have put in hand important constitutional changes with positive implications for enhanced accountability."

That contrasts with what happened before, when there was, at best, intransigence on those issues about public life.