LATEST on the missing Register of Ministers’ Interests

Cabinet office now telling me we won’t see an updated register for ‘weeks’

...despite a week ago saying it’ll be published as soon as the ethics advisor is appointed. That happened last week

It’s now 5 months late
The reason given? Lord Geidt has decided to link the register to his probe into Boris and Carrie’s Downing Street flat refurb

So until he’s concluded that, we won’t see the updated list on any ministers’ interests
It also means we will not see what - if anything - Boris Johnson put in his declaration on the refurb since The last register on July 2020

Because Lord Geidt will advise him what to say, following the result of his probe into the flat
Labour’s @RachelReevesMP called on the government to publish the register last month

She made clear in a letter to Michael Gove that the ministerial code requires the publication ‘twice yearly’ as part of transparency commitments

But it’s now been delayed again
On Friday I asked Lord Geidt if he will commit to the requirement for publishing the register of ministers’ financial interests ‘twice yearly’ as per the Code of Conduct

He declined to comment

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21 Dec 20
What a difference a few months make. Prime Minister's Official Spokesman today on Neil Ferguson: 'He continues to advise on SPI-M and NERVTAG'. And in June: 👇
And here's the exchange with the PM's Official Spokesman on 6 May:
Separately on 6 May I asked the Government Office for Science press office:

'Will he also be resigning NERVTAG? And all other government advisory roles?'

They didn't respond, and later said the PM's spokesman had already answered the Q - referring to the above exchange
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Papers reporting that Neil Ferguson only resigned from Sage after it was revealed he broke lockdown rules to meet his married lover - as minutes now show he stayed on NERVTAG

At the time, the government was clear he had quit *all* government advisory roles, including NERVTAG
In my front ups to Ferguson and the government on May 5, I asked whether he will be resigning from Sage and NERVTAG

Ferguson's apology, received hours later, said Sage. But the government said NERVTAG too

The delay in publishing minutes raise serious gvt transparency questions
Here is the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman in the lobby call on May 6:

Asked if Ferguson will remain on NERVTAG he said:

'NERVTAG is part of Sage, so the answer is no, Professor Ferguson will no longer attend, participate or contribute to SAGE meetings'
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Shadow health secretary @JonAshworth said: 'What a disgusting kick in the teeth to hard working, brave NHS staff working all hours in the middle of the second coronavirus wave.

'The fat cats running these car parks should be ashamed. @MattHancock needs to step in &sort this out'
When I approached them for this story, NHS England and the Department of Health both passed the buck to each other - each told me the other was responsible for what Trusts do with their parking fees
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