asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will implement undertakings given in their response to recommendation 20 of the ninth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life by investigating the statements regarding Members of Parliament made by HM Treasury special adviser Damian McBride. [HL1257]
Both the Ministerial Code and the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers have been amended to incorporate commitments given by the Government in their response to the ninth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. All Treasury members of staff are expected to follow the relevant codes of conduct for their employment, but it would not be appropriate to discuss individual cases.