Opposition debate on the Ministerial Code

15 June 2012

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport moved an Opposition day debate in the House of Commons on 13 June on the referral of the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport to the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests.

Opposition motion

The Opposition motion states that " This House believes that the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport should be referred to the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests to investigate whether he breached paragraph 1.2c (giving accurate and truthful information to Parliament) and paragraph 3.3 (responsibility for his special adviser) of the Ministerial Code".

The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport responded on behalf of the Government.

A copy of the Ministerial Code can be found on the Cabinet Office website

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debate on Parliament TV.

Opposition day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties.

The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.

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