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Chairman of Committee on Standards in Public Life

Asked who would be the Interim Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the PMOS said that it would be Rita Donaghy whilst we waited for the report from the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) on ethics and standards. We would not express a view until we had seen the PASC report.

Put that was it not strange to wait for a Select Committee to publish their report before implementing what the position was, the PMOS said that if it was the other way round, he could write the Standard’s piece: "The Government today ignored the views of members of Parliament"! The PMOS said that he knew that journalists were paid to have their cake and eat it, but that was "pretty rich cake".

Asked if the interim report reflected a change in the Government’s position, the PMOS replied that we had said at the time, we would appoint an Interim Chair. Nobody in Sir Alistair Graham’s position had been re-appointed for a second term.

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