Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:25 pm on 22nd October 2012.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Speaker of the House of Commons, Speaker of the House of Commons 4:25 pm, 22nd October 2012

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his point of order. Let me say at the outset that I stand by every word of my response to the hon. Gentleman last Thursday. In responding to his point of order then, I said that questions should receive a substantive answer, and that also reflects the resolution on ministerial accountability that is set out on pages 201 and 202 of “Erskine May”. I believe that the hon. Gentleman has been advised how he may follow up his questions, and I will study both the present exchange and the further exchange. I will leave the matter there for the moment.

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Richard Taylor
Posted on 23 Oct 2012 9:53 pm (Report this annotation)

The section of "Erskine May" referred to is titled "Ministerial Accountability to Parliament" and states:

" Ministers should be as open as possible with Parliament, refusing to provide information only when disclosure would not be in the public interest, which should be decided in accordance with relevant statute, and the government’s Code of Practice on Access to Government Information (second edition, January 1997)"

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/erskine-might.html#comment-74609

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