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 Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering 8:19 pm, 15th November 2005

The Minister has said that the Government have made the ministerial code more transparent. Paragraph 1.3 of the code states:

"The Code is not a rulebook".

In the foreword to the code, the Prime Minister states:

"I will expect all Ministers to work within the letter and spirit of the Code."

When the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mr. Blunkett, resigned, the Prime Minister told this House that he thought that the former Secretary of State had done nothing wrong. How do those three things make a more transparent process?