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Policy Announcements

Leader of the House written question – answered on 15th December 2011.

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Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth

To ask the Leader of the House what steps he is taking in respect of the announcement of major policy initiatives by Ministers.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

The House debated this issue during the Backbench Business debate on 5 December 2011 and rejected the proposal tabled by my hon. Friend Mr Hollobone, and others.

As my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House of Commons said during that debate, Ministers are very mindful of the requirement in the Ministerial Code that:

“when Parliament is in session the most important announcements of Government policy should be made, in the first instance, to Parliament.”

My right hon. Friend and I do not hesitate to remind colleagues of that requirement.

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