§ 19. Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he intends to introduce proposals to implement new ethical standards in local government. 
§ Ms Armstrong
We have recently consulted on draft legislation, the Local Government (Organisation and Standards) Bill, putting in place a new ethical framework for local government. The draft Bill is also being considered by a Joint Committee that is due to report before the summer recess. We will be considering any issues raised during this scrutiny process with the aim of introducing new legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows.