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Ministerial Statements

Leader of the House written question – answered on 14th June 2012.

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

To ask the Leader of the House if he will take steps to introduce penalties for Ministers who do not meet the House's expectations in respect of ministerial statements.

Photo of George Young George Young The Leader of the House of Commons

As I said to the right hon. Gentleman in my written answer to him of 22 March 2012, Hansard, column 796W, Ministers are always mindful of the requirement of the Ministerial Code that,

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

The proposition that there should be specific penalties imposed by this House, over and above those already available, was considered and rejected after the debate which took place on 5 December last year.

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