Councillors' Interests

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition he uses of a (a) prejudicial interest and (b) personal interest of an elected councillor.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Local Government), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

The model code of conduct for local authority members, issued as a statutory instrument in 2001, sets out the circumstances in which a member must regard himself or herself as having a personal and a prejudicial interest in a matter. Interpretation of these provisions is ultimately a matter for the courts.

The Standards Board for England has published guidance for councillors relating to the code, including the provisions relating to personal and prejudicial interests.

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