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, others have their view. I have seen the press release from the noble Lord, Lord McDonald. I thought it unusual for him to release such a letter to an investigation process which will necessarily be confidential, but that was his decision. In relation to the events that took place, I quote from his press release in relation to Mr Pincher:

“An investigation upheld the complaint; Mr Pincher apologised and promised not to repeat the inappropriate behaviour. There was no repetition at the FCO before he left seven months later,” to take up another appointment. That part of the track record also has to be taken into consideration.