HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 c826W
Mr. Ben Chapman

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress with the Phillips Review of the honours system, and on the methodology being employed. [168850]

The Prime Minister

Sir Hayden Phillips, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Constitutional Affairs with special responsibility for the honours system on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary, is reviewing current arrangements in the honours system, examining issues of diversity and transparency.

Information has been collected from those involved in the system and views from members of the public and other interested parties have also been collected via the Cabinet Office website. Recent commentary in the press and by members of the public will be taken into account. It is hoped that Sir Hayden's review will be completed by the summer.