BUSINESS QUESTION – JO MOORE – 25 October 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: I draw attention to early-day motion 248.

[That this House notes with dismay the unethical behaviour of Jo Moore, a ministerial special adviser, in seeking to exploit the terrorist atrocities in America to 'bury' news stories damaging to the Government; agrees with Charlie Whelan, the former aide to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, that her action was 'sickening'; and calls on the Right honourable Member for North Tyneside to remove her from his staff forthwith.]

That motion, signed by many hon. Members, concerns the exploitation of terrorist atrocities by new Labour spin doctors.

I had intended to ask for a debate on the motion, but as we have recently held such a debate in Opposition time, may I ask instead for a statement from the Secretary of State for Health or the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on the availability of counselling services for civil servants receiving e-mails from obnoxious special advisers, and for Labour Back-Bench Members following interviews with the Government Chief Whip?

[Robin Cook: That is the least persuasive bid for a statement that I have heard all afternoon.]