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Ministerial Statements

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Leader of the House what guidance she gives to Ministers on making statements on Government policy to the House. (250657)

My right hon. Friend has regular discussions with ministerial colleagues when deciding whether an oral statement should be made to announce Government policy. This is done against the general principle set out in the Ministerial Code that when Parliament is in Session, all important announcements of Government policy should be made in Parliament, in the first instance.