|Draft Criminal Defence Service Regulations 2001 and Code of Conduct for Employees of the Legal Services Commission Who Provide Services as Part of the Criminal Defence Service
Mr. Burnett: As I said, I do not want to be pedantic about this. However, a cursory reading of the definition of ``employee'' suggests that he is not bound by the terms and conditions of the code of conduct. It would be helpful if the Minister could tell me if the code is supposed to bind the professional head of the salaried service. If so, should the definition of ``employee'' be widened to include officeholder as well as employee?
Mr. Lock: I give the hon. Gentleman this assurance. If at a future time an individual is employed as the professional head of service, the code will apply to him as a salaried professional employee of the service.
I have noted the concern of the hon. Member for Torridge and West Devon about the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill, but it is irrelevant in this context. I assure him that the professional head of service is bound by the code of conduct, whether he is an employee or not, as he is discharging duties in relation to the public defence service.
I commend the regulations to the Committee.
Question put and agreed to.
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