Ministerial Code/Register of Ministers’ Interests

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 18th May 2021.

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Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Paymaster General 12:44 pm, 18th May 2021

I think I agree with the right hon. Gentleman that it is in those colleagues’ interests that there is credibility and weight to any investigations. The difficulty is that we have this peculiar and unique relationship between Ministers and the Prime Minister—they are not employees; they are in a particular category—and therefore we have a situation where the Prime Minister is the arbiter and is responsible for the ministerial code. What we are doing in all of these processes is trying to arrive at the condition that the right hon. Gentleman describes, but still stay within the boundaries of what is legal and what is correct.