Ministerial Code

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:31 pm on 15th November 2005.

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Photo of Fraser Kemp Fraser Kemp Labour, Houghton and Washington East 9:31 pm, 15th November 2005

The hon. Gentleman talked about a loss of confidence in Parliament and the political classes. May I return to my earlier point and ask whether he is prepared to endorse the recommendations of Lord Neill of Bladen, who told the Committee on Standards in Public Life that the application of the code of conduct to members of the Opposition Front Bench warrants investigation? In the past, shadow Chancellors have received money from oil companies but have taken part in Divisions on fuel tax. That is not acceptable and diminishes the House. Will he accept Lord Neill's recommendations—yes or no?