Select Committee on Public Administration Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Reply from the Prime Minister to the Chairman of the Public Administration Committee

  Thank you for your letter of 10 May.

  As you know, evidence to Select Committees is normally provided by "line" departments or via a Government memorandum. Prime Ministers have not themselves, by long-standing convention, given evidence to Select Committees. That remains the position.

  In addition, we are carefully considering the Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life which includes a number of recommendations for amendments to the Ministerial Code. We aim to respond to the Neill Committee before the summer recess. At present, therefore, the Government has nothing to add to the evidence given to the Neill Committee as part of their study.

Rt Hon Tony Blair, MP

26 May 2000

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