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Local Government Ethical Framework

Volume 620: debated on Wednesday 20 December 2000

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What progress has been made towards implementing the new ethical framework for local government established under the Local Government Act 2000. [HL230]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
(Lord Whitty)

The provisions in the Local Government Act 2000 establishing the new ethical framework have been commenced.Among other things, the provisions will require all relevant authorities to establish standards committees to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members and co-opted members. We are today publishing a consultation paper setting out how authorities are to go about establishing standards committees and the procedures under which those committees are to operate.Copies of the consultation paper have been placed in the House Libraries.