Urgent Question on the Culture Secretary and the Ministerial Code

01 May 2012

Prime Minister, David Cameron, responded to an urgent question asked by Leader of the Opposition, Edward Miliband, in the House of Commons on 30 April on the Culture Secretary and the Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests.

Independent Advisor on Ministerial Interests

The Prime Minister told MPs he would not refer the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, to the Independent Advisor on Ministerial Interests over his dealings with News Corporation.

The Prime Minister explained that he did not want to duplicate or pre-empt the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is expected to appear before the Leveson Inquiry in mid-May.

Further information can be found on the Leveson Inquiry website.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport made a statement on this subject on 25th April 2012.

Watch and read the urgent question and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find current parliamentary material on the media in the Topics and News sections.

Urgent questions

Urgent questions are asked at the end of Question Time. If something has happened, normally a matter of public importance, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to ask an urgent question.

If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked at the end of Question Time.

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