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Parliamentary Standards Bill

Asked for the Prime Minister s view on the Bill and did he think it was a Bill worthy of the name as some of its original content had been removed, the PMS said that the Prime Minister did think it worthy of the name. What we had done and this was not a small step, was set up an independent regulator with powers to investigate MPs and this was a significant step forward, compared to where we were before.

Put that Sir Christopher Kelly might come up with a system without an independent body and was the Prime Minister prepared to dismantle it if that was the case, the PMS said what Sir Christopher was looking at primarily was the system and structure of allowances. What we had been doing through the Independent Standards Authority was putting in place some of the wider infrastructure, which some of the recommendations from Sir Christopher Kelly s report would then complement.

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