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Government unveils Ministerial Code

The Government has today published three documents to ensure greater accountability and transparency for Ministers. External site: [Ministerial Code (Cabinet Office website)](

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Ministerial Code, published by the Prime Minister, sets out the standards of conduct expected of Ministers.

Read the Ministerial Code [Cabinet Office website]

The Code bars former Ministers from lobbying Government for two years; tightens controls on government cars and numbers of special advisers; and requires the regular publication of Ministerial meetings, hospitality, gifts and travel.

The Ministerial Code covers all aspects of ministerial life from access to official papers and appointments to the use of Government resources and the handling of Ministers’ private interests.

The Government has also published a list of Cabinet Committees which shows the membership of each committee and shows a significant reduction in the total number of Committees.

The third document is the Coalition Agreement for Stability and Reform which sets out the practical and operational arrangements for how the Parties will work together in coalition.

Read more: Cabinet Office website

Published 21 May 2010