Select Committee on Procedure Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter from the Hon Nicholas Soames MP to the Chairman of the Committee


  I have seen the Speaker's statement on the 28 November and I wish only respectfully to submit to you the following proposition:

  If Ministers do not honour the spirit of the 1997 resolution on ministerial responsibility the House of Commons will rightly be seen to have lost its way.

  I regard it personally and on behalf of my constituents as fundamentally dishonest for Ministerial answers to be anything else than full, honest and prompt.

  In my judgement anything less is entirely unacceptable.

29 November 2001

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