LORDS

Privileges and Conduct (Committee for)

Committee Status: Following the dissolution of Parliament on 30 March 2015, all committees have ceased to exist until the House of Lords appoints them following the Election on 7 May 2015.

The Committee for Privileges and Conduct, which dates back to the early seventeenth century, considers issues which affect the privileges of the House or of its members of the House. For an account of the meaning of “privilege”, see the report of the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.

The Committee is also responsible for overseeing members’ conduct. Detailed consideration of matters relating to the Code of Conduct is undertaken by the Sub-Committee on Lords' Conduct.

The Committee for Privileges and Conduct is chaired by the Chairman of Committees and is made up of sixteen Lords, including two former holders of judicial office.

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Lords’ Conduct (Sub-Committee)

The Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct undertakes detailed consideration of matters relating to the Code of Conduct.

Register of Lords' Interests

Under the Code of Conduct Members are required to register any financial and non-financial interests that might reasonably be thought to influence their parliamentary actions.

Making a complaint

Anyone wishing to make a complaint about the conduct of a Member of the House of Lords should write to The House of Lords Commissioner for Standards.