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Standards Committee

The Committee on Standards is appointed by the House of Commons to oversee the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

On 7 January 2013, the Committee on Standards and Privileges was  replaced by the Committee on Standards and the Committee of Privileges. The two Committees were split to enable the Committee on Standards to employ lay members. Further details on how and why lay members were recruited can be found in the House of Commons Commission Report published on 31 October 2012 and in the debate in the House on 13 December 2012.

  

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    The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards considers complaints about Members of Parliament. She uses the Members Code of Conduct to help her decide whether a complaint falls within her remit.

The main purpose of the Register of Members' Financial Interests is to provide information of any financial interest or other material benefit which a Member receives which might reasonably be thought by others to influence his or her actions, speeches or votes in Parliament or actions taken in his or her capacity as an MP. 

    The Committee on Standards in Public Life is an independent public body which advises government on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK.