Ministers: Codes of Practice

Treasury written question – answered on 5th June 2020.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many written instructions as described in section 5.5 of the Ministerial Code have been issued by Ministers in each year since 2010; for what reason each instruction was issued; and in which Department they were issued.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Ministerial Directions are published on gov.uk. As set out in paragraph 3.4.5. of “Managing Public Money”,[1] it is the responsibility of the relevant accounting officer to arrange for the existence of the direction to be published, no later than in the next report and accounts, unless the matter must be kept confidential.

There have been 27 Ministerial Directions published since April 2011, set out in the table attached. Prior to this date, publication was not required.

Date

Department

Direction

Reason(s)

Links

January 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Hatfield Colliery Partnership Ltd

Value for money

AO request Min direction

February 2015

Department for Transport

Northern and TransPennine Express franchises 2015: invitations to tender

Value for money

AO request Min direction

March 2015

Department for Transport

Manston Airport: procuring consultants for independent review

Value for Money

AO request Min direction

June 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Royal Mail Employee Shares (1)

Value for money

AO request Min direction

June 2015

Cabinet Office and Duchy of Lancaster

Kids Company

Value for money

AO request Min direction

June 2015

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Flood reinsurance scheme

Value for money

AO request Min direction

October 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Royal Mail Employee Shares (2)

Value for money

AO request Min direction

October 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Redcar Steelworks

Value for money

AO request Min direction

May 2016

Department for Transport

London Garden Bridge

Value for money

AO request Min direction

July 2016

Cabinet Office

Special Advisers’ Pay

Value for money

AO request Min direction

January 2018

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

European Union exit costs

Propriety

AO request Min direction

February 2018

Department for Transport

European Union exit preparations

Propriety

AO request Min direction

March 2018

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Local government overpayment

Propriety

AO request Min direction

March 2018

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

European Union exit preparations – market surveillance

Propriety

AO request Min direction

March 2018

Department for International Trade

Spend before Royal Assent on EU Exit costs

Propriety

AO request Min direction

May 2018

Department for Education

T Levels delivery time-table

Feasibility

AO request Min direction

June 2018

UK Export Finance

Support for export of Typhoon aircraft to Qatar

Value for money

AO request Min direction

April 2019

UK Export Finance

Increased cover for Iraq

Regularity and value for money

AO request Min direction

May 2019

Ministry of Justice

Financial assistance for subcontractors affected by the collapse of Working Links

Value for money

AO request Min direction

May 2019

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Remediation of private sector residential buildings with unsafe ACM cladding

Value for money

AO request Min Direction

July 2019

Home Office

Windrush Compensation Scheme

Regularity and Propriety

AO request Min Direction

November 2019

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Continuation of Official Receiver’s Indemnity

Value for money

AO request Min direction

November 2019

National Health Service

NHS Pension tax charges

Regularity and Priority

AO request Min direction

March 2020

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

(Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support Fund for Retail, hospitality and Leisure Business

Value for Money Feasibility

AO request Ministerial Direction

March 2020

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Coronavirus COVID-19 the Small Grants Fund

Value for Money Feasibility

AO request Ministerial Direction

March 2020

Department for Health and Social Care

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Ministerial direction on spend.

Regularity

AO request Ministerial Direction

May 2020

Ministry of Communities and Local Government

Grant for unsafe cladding

Value for Money

AO request Ministerial Direction

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-public-money

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