Registers of Interests

 

Register of Members' Financial Interests

Paragraph 13 of the MPs' Code of Conduct says:

Members shall fulfil conscientiously the requirements of the House in respect of the registration of interests in the Register of Members' Financial Interests.

MPs are required to register within 28 days any interest which someone might reasonably consider to influence their actions or words as an MP. The detailed rules, which explain exactly which interests are to be registered, are set out in the Guide to the Rules relating to the conduct of Members. These rules have been revised for the 2015 Parliament.

Parliament publishes these interests in the Register of Members' Financial Interests, which is maintained by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. The Register is published on the parliamentary webpages every two weeks during sitting periods and approximately once a month at other times. Entries remain for twelve months or until they have appeared in the annual hard copy of the Register, if that is later.

Donations to political parties are recorded separately, on the webpages of the Electoral Commission, although if a donation is linked to a Member he or she may also need to include it in their Register entry. The Ministerial code requires Government Ministers to disclose their interests in detail. These interests are published by the Government.

Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups

MPs do many things in addition to taking part in formal parliamentary business: this website only shows part of what they do. They will be active within their own political parties. Much of their work takes place in the constituency, and may be covered by local media, or on the MP's own website.

MPs also do a great deal of informal work at Westminster. They may work through All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), which are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. An APPG is an informal group of Members who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest. It is essentially run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, although many groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.

In order to use the title All-Party Parliamentary Group, a Group must be open to all Members of both houses, regardless of party affiliation, and must satisfy the rules set out in the Guide to the Rules for APPGs. The Register of APPGs, which is maintained by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, is a definitive list of Groups. It contains the financial and other information about Groups which the House has decided should be published. The Register is published on the parliamentary webpages and updated approximately every six weeks. 

Register of Interests of Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants (the Members' Staff Register)

Members' staff who hold a parliamentary pass sponsored by an MP are required to register outside employment advantaged by their parliamentary pass and certain benefits such as gifts and hospitality, subject to detailed rules. These interests are published in the Register of Interests of Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants which is maintained by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. The Register is published on the parliamentary webpages and updated approximately every six weeks.

Register of Journalists' Interests

Journalists accredited to the Lobby, Press Gallery or for  parliamentary broadcasting are required to register other employment advantaged by their parliamentary pass, subject to a financial threshold. These interests are published in the Register of Journalists' Interests which is maintained by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. The Register is published on the parliamentary webpages and updated approximately every six weeks.

Page last updated: 7 May 2015