Below is the summary of John Major’s doorstep comments, made on the 19th May 1995 in Huntingdon, on the Nolan Report.
– Set up Nolan committee because people are interested in ensuring high standards of conduct in public life
– Asked Nolan to report to us. Government has said it accepts the broad thrust of the proposals. They are complex and far reaching and many could materially affect the working on the House of Commons.
– Need to give proper consideration to this report. Have to look at it as a whole. It’s very important and must be got right.
– Accepted the broad thrust and had debate – all within a week of report being published.
– All too easy to say implement all the recommendations. That would be silly, partisan and purely for party political reasons. Need to exercise mature good judgement.