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Ministers: Codes of Practice

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL3046, tabled on 27 October 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the removal of the reference in the Ministerial Code to having to comply with international law and treaty obligations alters the legal obligations of ministers.

Answered on

5 November 2015

The Ministerial Code is normally updated and reissued after a General Election. The updated Code makes clear that Ministers must abide by the law. The obligations of Ministers under the law including international law remain unchanged.


Information relating to internal discussions and advice is not disclosed.

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Cabinet Office