Press Notice 7

27 February 2008

Employment of family members through the Staffing Allowance: Proposals for consultation

On 5 February the Committee on Standards and Privileges issued a statement saying that, by 1 April 2008, the House should have in place, within the framework of the existing Registers, a system for compulsory registration of Members who employ family members in connection with their duties as Members and remunerate them through the Staffing Allowance. It also announced that it would be bringing forward proposals as soon as possible for consideration by the House.

As a first step, the Committee will be publishing proposals for consultation as its Sixth Report, Session 2007-08, Employment of family members through the Staffing Allowance: Proposals for consultation (HC 383), at 11 am on Thursday 28 February 2008. The report will also be available on the parliamentary website from that time at

The Committee welcomes comments on the proposals. Responses should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, Journal Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, or by e-mail to, to arrive not later than Friday 7 March. The Committee expects to finalise its proposals shortly thereafter in the light of this consultation.


1. The Committee on Standards and Privileges has brought forward these proposals in pursuance of its responsibilities under Standing Order No. 149 (1) (c), to consider any matter relating to the conduct of Members, and under Standing Order No 149 (1) (b) to review from time to time the form and content of the Register of Members' Interests.

2. The members of the Committee are:

Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt (Chairman) [Con€”North West Hampshire], Rt Hon Kevin Barron [Lab€”Rother Valley], Rt Hon David Curry[Con€”Skipton & Ripon], Mr Andrew Dismore[Lab€”Hendon], Nick Harvey [Lib Dem€”North Devon], Mr Elfyn Llwyd[Plaid Cymru€”Meirionnydd Nant Conwy], Mr Chris Mullin [Lab€”Sunderland South] The Hon Nicholas Soames [Con€”Mid Sussex], Mr Paddy Tipping[Lab€”Sherwood], Dr Alan Whitehead [Lab€”Southampton, Test]

3. . Any proposals made by the Committee will require approval by the House before they can come into effect