HC Deb 23 April 1998 vol 310 c674W
Mr. Roy

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has to strengthen the ethical framework for local government. [39843]

Mr. Dewar

I believe the public must be able to rely on the highest standards of conduct from its elected representatives. I also believe that there must be provision for swift and authoritative investigation of complaints of misconduct against councillors. That is why I have today published a consultation paper on the proposed new ethical framework for local government which would provide for clearer standards of conduct for councillors and stronger means of investigating and punishing misconduct. I have placed copies in the Library of the House.

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