All ministerial aides, not just those in the department of the environment, transport and the regions, face tighter...
All ministerial aides, not just those in the department of the environment, transport and the regions, face tighter rules of conduct, following the row over lobbying in planning issues (see LGCnet, 26/10/98).
According to The Times (p11), senior government figures believe all parliamentary private secretaries should be included in a rewritten code of conduct for ministers.
One Downing Street source said the whole area would need to be examined 'carefully' in the light of the row over Alan Meale, the environment minister who privately lobbied ministers of planning inquiry. It would lead to the code of conduct either being 'tweaked' or redrafted.
Until yesterday, there were no guidelines for PPSs on matters regarding planning permission, whereas ministers have to exercise discretion.