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PARLIAMENTARY ANSWERS TO HONOURABLE MEMBERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1694A1: tabled on 24 July 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 3 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Andrew Stunell on 23 July 2002. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

at end add 'and for the Speaker to have the authority vested in him to require a Minister who has failed to provide an adequate or accurate answer to appear before the House to answer the question orally.'.

Original motion text

That this House notes the series of internal e-mails from the Department for Education and Employment, the Treasury and Cabinet Office that have shown instances of civil servants concealing information about the Government's policy and record from honourable Members, providing as little as possible in the way of factual information in order to frustrate scrutiny of the Executive; further notes that this revealed inconsistent application of the Ministerial Code and Cabinet Office guidance to Government departments on the answering of questions and, in particular, abuse of the cost rule; further notes that this evidence indicates difficulties in the maintenance of Civil Service impartiality; believes that the statement issued by the Department for Education and Employment and the Cabinet Office that they would reissue guidance to their staff does not go far enough; deplores the failure of the Treasury to seek to correct the deficiencies revealed; and calls upon the House authorities to investigate this evidence to ensure that this House is not prevented from undertaking effective scrutiny of the Executive.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.