HC Deb 22 July 1997 vol 298 c523W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what factors led his Department to undertake a review of ministerial accountability; and what is its remit and scope. [10108]

Dr. David Clark

Our manifesto promised thatMinisterial accountability will be reviewed so as to remove recent abuses". My right hon. Friend the President of the Council has invited the Select Committee on the Modenisation of the House of Commons to look at the means by which the House holds Ministers to account, and the Government will be ready to put papers to that Committee in the autumn. Our review will also cover the guidance given to Ministers on matters of conduct and procedure.