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Civil Service: Codes of Practice

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 916W, on official hospitality, if he will amend the (a) Ministerial Code and (b) Civil Service Code to introduce specific guidance on making bets (i) with and (ii) via a commercial organisation on political events; (180432)

(2) if he will initiate an investigation into whether any breaches of the Civil Service Code occurred in relation to movements in the political betting market on 6 October 2007 on the date of any future general election.

The Government believe the principles set out in the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Code continue to be appropriate. No further action is planned.