Press Notice 25 (7 March 2011)

Consultation on the review of the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament

John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, has today launched a public consultation to inform his review of the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament before reporting his conclusions to the Committee on Standards and Privileges. The Commissioner said:

“The Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament sets out the standards expected of Members in discharging their parliamentary and public duties. The present Code was last revised in 2004–05. I think it is right to review it at this stage in the light of experiences in the last Parliament and today’s expectations and standards.”

The Commissioner has today made his consultation paper (PDF PDF 218 KB) available on his webpages. Responses should be sent by 31 May 2011 to codereview@parliament.uk or in hard copy to the Commissioner at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.

After considering the comments he receives, the Commissioner will report his conclusions to the Committee on Standards and Privileges. This will include any proposals for changes to the Code. The Committee will report the matter to the House, who will consider any changes.

 

 

Note to Editors

  1. Copies of the consultation paper are available on the Commissioner’s webpages.
  2. The Code of Conduct can be found on the parliamentary website.
  3. The responsibilities of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards under Standing Order No 150 (2) (d) include monitoring the operation of the Code of Conduct and making recommendations to the Committee on Standards and Privileges.
  4. The Committee for Standards in Public Life recommended in the Eighth Report that in each Parliament the Commissioner should initiate a review of the Code of Conduct and the Guide to the Rules. This Review fulfils that recommendation.