Standards in Public Life - Commons Urgent Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:22 pm on 5th July 2022.

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Photo of Lord True Lord True Minister of State (Cabinet Office) 3:22 pm, 5th July 2022

My Lords, I am certainly prepared to uphold high standards in relation to the questions the noble Baroness opposite has asked. She asked about the review going forward and the independent adviser, and she is correct that a commitment is made that the function of the independent adviser should continue. As I told the House recently, the noble Lord, Lord Geidt, raised a number of issues in relation to the role, as did PACAC in another place. It is right to consider these carefully and take time to reflect on them before making a decision on how best to fulfil the commitment to oversight and scrutiny of ministerial interests, but such oversight and scrutiny there must be.