Minister may face inquiry

Jonathan Djanogly, the Justice minister, has been reported to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for his use of a private detective business in gathering information on the views of constituents.

The ICO said it had received a complaint but was not "at this stage" launching an investigation.

The issue was made public last year.

Mr Djanogly said last night: "I would never have condoned anything unlawful and dishonest in the investigations, and the investigators have assured me that all of their inquiries were carried out in an entirely lawful manner."