HC Deb 16 October 2002 vol 390 c898W
Ms Merron

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to support improvements in standards of conduct of members of county councils. [71967]

Mr. Raynsford

From May this year, a new Code of Conduct has been applied to all councillors—including members of county councils. The new Code makes very clear the high standards of behaviour that are expected of all councillors. Alongside the introduction of new Codes, the Government has established the Standards Board for England to support councils in raising standards of conduct, and to investigate allegations of misconduct.