HL Deb 06 March 2001 vol 623 cc19-20WA
The Earl of Shrewsbury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Lord Chancellor, when consulted under Chapter 4, paragraph 50 of the Ministerial Code about the suitability of a judicial or legal appointment to a Royal Commission or independent committee of inquiry, or when undertaking an approach on behalf of a department, is expected to disclose if he is aware that the person he is recommending has contributed to the Labour Party. [HL924]

The Lord Chancellor

No. I would not, in the ordinary course, know about donations to any political party, nor, were I to come to know, would I ever taken such a fact into account. My advice on such matters is based solely on the potential appointee's merits for the task proposed.