CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

CABINET OFFICE – ADVISER ON MINISTERS' INTERESTS – 17 July 2012

Dr Julian Lewis: My hon. Friend [Bernard Jenkin] seems to be making an unanswerable case. Will he explain to the House the present position if a Minister chooses to refer him or herself to the independent adviser? Would that position change if his proposals were adopted?

[Bernard Jenkin: I imagine that any Minister who pressed the Prime Minister for referral should be granted one; however, it might be granted or it might not be – it is a matter for the Prime Minister. That is that. I do not know what a Minister who wanted to be referred would do if the Prime Minister refused that; I think he would just have to lump it.]