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Tory Planted Questions and Interventions Crib Sheet

Tory Planted Questions and Interventions Crib Sheet

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Interventions Referral to Sir Alex Allan 1.

Does my Honourable Friend agree with me that given the fact that Sir Alex Allan has said himself that he ‘couldn’t usefully add to the facts of the case’ then the such a referral would be pointless? 2. Does my Honourable Friend agree with me that as no evidence has come to light suggesting the Culture Secretary broke the Ministerial Code, there is absolutely no requirement to refer the matter to the Independent Adviser? 3. Can my Honourable Friend confirm that he will refer the Culture Secretary to the Adviser for Ministers’ Interests if any evidence whatsoever of wrongdoing comes to light? 4. Does my Honourable Friend agree with me that the Leveson Inquiry, which scrutinised the Culture Secretary’s actions under oath and was able to gather evidence, was the best way to comprehensively investigate these allegations? 5. Following the McBride smear scandal, Labour’s former Health Secretary (Alan Johnson) said that the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath ‘can’t be responsible for the actions the initiatives, of every individual that works in No. 10’. Can my Honourable Friend explain why Labour now think that Ministers should be wholly responsible for the content of every text message their special advisers send? 6. Could my Honourable Friend remind the House whether his predecessor, the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, in the wake of Damian McBride resignation, made a reference to the Adviser on the Ministerial Code? 7. Could my Honourable Friend remind the House whether his predecessor, the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, in the wake of Charlie Whelan’s resignation, made a reference to the Adviser on the Ministerial Code? 8. Does my Honourable Friend agree with me that if it is accepted that the Culture Secretary acted properly and transparently at all times by consulting with independent regulators, even when it wasn’t necessary, then there can be absolutely no reason to suggest he should be referred to the Independent Adviser for Ministers’ Interests? Properness of the BSkyB bid process 9. Does my Honourable Friend agree with me and the DCMS Permanent Secretary that the Culture Secretary gave himself ‘vanishingly small wriggle room’ over the bid, and that he therefore acted with complete propriety? 10. Fred Michel has stated that ‘throughout the bid process, I met senior teams from all political parties on a regular basis to update them, ask their advice or share views on the

situation’. In the interests of transparency, does my Honourable Friend agree with me that all parties should now release all correspondence between their representatives at these discussions and News Corp during this period? 11. Does my Honourable Friend agree with me that by publishing Ofcom and OFT advice, BSkyB letters, written statements and minutes of meetings, DCMS went above and beyond the call of duty in conducting this process with complete fairness and transparency throughout? 12. Does my Honourable Friend agree with me that the decisions made regarding the News Corp bid for BSkyB were entirely fair and independent, as shown by the emails revealed to the Leveson Inquiry themselves which clearly state at one point, ‘we will go with whatever Ofcom recommends’? 13. Can my Honourable Friend provide any information about the last time a proposed takeover bid was given the same level of scrutiny and independent advice as the BSkyB bid? 14. Could my Honourable Friend inform the House whether the Government received any representations from the Party opposite to go against the advice of the independent regulators and block the BSkyB bid for political reasons, as the Party opposite seem to be suggesting? Labour’s link to the Murdoch Press 15. Does my Honourable Friend agree with me that the Party opposite have a selective memory and seem to have forgotten that a former Labour spin doctor regarded Rupert Murdoch as the 24th member of Tony Blair’s Cabinet? 16. Is my Honourable Friend aware that in his first two years as Prime Minister, the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath met Rupert Murdoch 13 times, while the current Prime Minister has only met Murdoch on four occasions? 17. Can my Honourable Friend remind the House which Government allowed non-EEA ownership of the UK media in the first place? 18. Labour’s former Shadow Culture Secretary employed a former News International executive to run his office – does my Honourable Friend agree with me that Labour should publish any correspondence between Sophie Sutcliffe and News Corp in the last two years?

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