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EDM number 1694 in 2001-02, proposed by Andrew Stunell on 23/07/2002.

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.

This motion has been signed by a total of 26 MPs.

Andrew Stunell23/07/2002Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratProposed
Paul Burstow23/07/2002Sutton & CheamLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Beith23/07/2002Berwick-upon-TweedLiberal DemocratSigned
Matthew Taylor23/07/2002Truro & St AustellLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Tyler23/07/2002North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Phil Willis23/07/2002Harrogate & KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake24/07/2002Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Steve Webb24/07/2002NorthavonLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock24/07/2002Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew George24/07/2002St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Vincent Cable24/07/2002TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Marsden24/07/2002Shrewsbury & AtchamLiberal DemocratSigned
Elfyn Llwyd24/07/2002Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Nigel Jones24/07/2002CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Hughes24/07/2002North Southwark & BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Holmes24/07/2002ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey24/07/2002North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Smyth24/07/2002Belfast SouthUUPSigned
David Rendel24/09/2002NewburyLiberal DemocratSigned
Colin Breed24/09/2002South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Patsy Calton24/09/2002CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Sandra Gidley24/09/2002RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Roger Williams24/09/2002Brecon & RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Moore17/10/2002Tweeddale, Ettrick & LauderdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Younger-Ross17/10/2002TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Adam Price07/11/2002Carmarthen East & DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned

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