WQ89666 (e) Tabled on 17/11/2023

What are the consequences for a Minister who does not seek express consent from the First Minister to write an article in a newspaper?

Answered by First Minister | Answered on 24/11/2023

The process for Ministers contributing to press articles is set out at paragraph 8.9 of the Code.

Press articles

8.9 Ministers may contribute to a book, journal or newspaper, including a local newspaper in their constituency, provided that publication will not be at variance with their obligations to the Senedd and their duty to observe the principle of collective ministerial responsibility. No payment should be accepted for such articles. Any minister wishing to practice regular journalism, must have the prior approval of the First Minister.