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Shahid Malik

Asked about the situation regarding Shahid Malik, the PMS said that the full Ministerial list of Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State would be released imminently. Sir Philip Mawer, the Prime Minister s independent advisor on the Ministerial Code, had found that Mr Malik had not breached the Code; this was on the basis of an independent evaluation of the properties. The rent said to have been charged was reasonable in the light of market and other commercial considerations. To avoid any future uncertainty the Prime Minister had asked Mr Malik to ensure his affairs were of a more formal basis, with a formal tenancy agreement that specified the rent to be paid.

Asked if Mr Malik would keep his Government job, the PMS said that Mr Malik would be appointed to a junior Ministerial post as part of the reshuffle, but not necessarily the one he had previously held.

Asked if Mr Malik would be repaying money used to buy things such as a television and a massage chair, the PMS said that that was a matter for Mr Malik. For the Government, the issue in relation to the Ministerial Code was the accusation around subsidised rent, and Sir Philip Mawer had found that Mr Malik had not breached the independent code. Other issues relating to Mr Malik s expenses had not been looked at by Sir Philip Mawer as part of the Ministerial Code, so that was a matter for Mr Malik himself.

Asked about the Prime Minister s view on Mr Malik s other expenses apart from the rent issue, the PMS said that the Prime Minister supported whatever Mr Malik believed was the right thing to do.

Asked if the Prime Minister was satisfied with the siutaion regarding Mr Malik s expenses, the PMS said that the Prime Minister was satisfied that Mr Malik had not breached the Ministerial Code. There was a whole range of issues that had been in raised in relation to a number of MPs, but the Prime Minister was satisfied with the MPs he had appointed to Government.

Put that the Prime Minister wouldn t want to appoint Mr Malik as a junior Minister and then have him quit due to expenses, the PMS said that we were not anticipating that to happen.

Asked when Sir Philip Mawer s review would be published, the PMS said that the report would not be published because it went into too much detail about Mr Malik s personal matters and therefore was not appropriate for the public domain.

Asked if a redacted version would be released, the PMS said no.

Asked when the report had been received, the PMS said it had been received in the last few days.

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