Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Ninth Report


Letter to the Rt Hon Ann Taylor MP and the Rt Hon Lord Newton of Braintree
from the Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

The Committee has agreed that I should write to you in the hope that you might be able to help us to understand how an apparent discrepancy has come about between the Nolan report[17] and the Code of Conduct[18]. Members have noticed that a gloss in the Nolan report relating to the Seven Principles of Public Life, which reads "These principles apply to all aspects of public life", has been omitted from the Code of Conduct, thereby making it unclear whether there is any difference in meaning between the two versions. The relevant passages are attached.

The Committee has asked if you could reply in time for its meeting on Tuesday 29 June. We would be grateful for any assistance that you can give, in particular whether the omission of the gloss was intentional, and, if so, why it was thought desirable to leave it out; and whether it was the intention that the Code should apply only to acts done in the capacity of a Member.

The Committee appreciates that this request relates to events of some years ago and is at relatively short notice, but would be extremely grateful for whatever information you can provide.

17 June 1999

17  First Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Cm. 2850, p.14. Back

18  HC (1995-96) 688, paragraphs 3-4. Back

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