HC Deb 26 April 2002 vol 384 cc463-4W
Mr. Yeo

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the process by which Ministers decide whether an announcement is too controversial to be made in a pre-election period. [52884]

The Prime Minister

Guidance is issued in relation to the conduct of Government business in pre-election periods. Decisions on announcements during pre-election periods will be taken in accordance with the guidance.

Guidance specific to the forthcoming elections to local government on 2 May was published on 21 March 2002. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House, and are also available from the Vote Office.