HC Deb 06 February 2002 vol 379 cc851-2
9. Mr. Andrew Robathan (Blaby)

What plans there are to revise paragraph 122 of the ministerial code of conduct. [30895]

The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Mrs. Barbara Roche)


Mr. Robathan

The Minister will know that paragraph 122 of the ministerial code forbids financial dealings between Ministers and trade unions. When will the Deputy Prime Minister enforce the ministerial code for himself and end his financial dealings with the RMT, which are worth between £12,000 and £14,000 a year to him?

Mrs. Roche

The hon. Gentleman has been pursuing the matter for some time.

Mr. Robathan

What about the ministerial code?

Mrs. Roche:

If the hon. Gentleman refrains from shouting, I will give him his answer. He knows that his question is nonsense. The Select Committee on Standards and Privileges has ruled that there has been no benefit at all. It has also ruled that the code has not been broken. The hon. Gentleman should move on and get a life.

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