Ministerial Code: Compliance

Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons am ar 29 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

What recent discussions he has had with the independent adviser on Ministers’ interests on trends in the level of compliance with the ministerial code.

Photo of John Glen John Glen The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Prime Minister has been clear that he will lead a Government of

“integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level.”

He is delivering on that promise. I met Sir Laurie Magnus, the independent adviser on Ministers’ interests, in November.

Photo of Munira Wilson Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

A survey published just this week by the Institute for Government revealed that two thirds of the public do not believe that the Government behave according to high ethical standards. I do not think anyone in the House will be surprised by that, given the behaviour we have seen from some—particularly former—Ministers over the past five years. Even in the last few weeks, questions have been raised about potential breaches of the ministerial code by the Business Secretary, and we have seen failure rewarded constantly with outrageous severance payments. Will the Minister finally fully enshrine the ministerial code into law?

Photo of John Glen John Glen The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

That matter has been discussed. The Committee on Standards in Public Life did not recommend that in 2021, because it would afford significant authority to a body that is outwith accountability to the House.