§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the probity pledge proposed to NHS trust and health authorities by the NHS executive. 
§ Mr. Malone
No new pledge on probity has been proposed by the national health service executive. On 26 April 1994 my right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Health, announced in the House the publication of codes of conduct and accountability. These codes, which keep public values at the heart of the operation and management of the NHS, were to be adopted by the boards of all NHS authorities and trusts. They require that all matters in the NHS be conducted with due regard to the very highest standards of probity, accountability and openness.