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Public Sector: Ethics

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Prime Minister what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to foster and promote the public's trust in those in public life; what recent discussions he has had on the issue; with whom; what recent representations he has received about this issue; and if he will make a statement. (172407)

As announced at Prime Minister's questions and in the debate on “Standards of Conduct in Public Life” on 5 December, I have appointed a new chair of the Committee on Standards for Public Life. Sir Christopher Kelly has been appointed for a single fixed term of five years. I met the outgoing interim chair of the committee and her successor on Thursday 6 December.

“The Governance of Britain”, which is currently out for public consultation, sets out the Government's proposals to limit the powers of the executive, make the executive more accountable and reinvigorate our democracy. The Queen's Speech announced that proposals will be brought forward to renew the constitutional settlement and strengthen the relationship between the Government, Parliament and the people. In addition the ministerial code was updated in July.