In 1994, then Prime Minister John Major announced the establishment of a Committee on Standards in Public Life under the chairmanship of Lord Nolan. The Committee, which still exists, is an independent body which advises government on ethical standards across the whole of British public life. In the Committee’s first report it set out “The Seven Principles of Public Life”, commonly called the Nolan Principles.
These principles apply to all aspects of public life. The Committee set them out for the benefit of all who serve the public in any way.
While most of the work Peter does is not within the remit of the principles, he does endorse and abide by them at all times.