§ Mr. Wilshire
To ask the Prime Minister what definition of partner will apply to paragraph 83 of the ministerial code of conduct. 
§ The Prime Minister
[holding answer 26 January 1998]: The key principle governing travel remains the same as that which applied under the previous Administration: anyone who accompanies a Minister at a cost to the public purse, be they spouse, partner or official, must do so for official purposes; it must be in the public interest; and it must be with my prior approval. The Government will continue to adhere to this principle.