The House has put procedures in place to deal with alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct. Find out more about how members’ conduct is regulated.
The Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct provides members of the House of Lords with guidance on the standards of conduct expected of them in performing their parliamentary duties. The Code provides openness and accountability to the public, and is intended to reinforce public confidence in the way in which members of the House of Lords perform their parliamentary duties.
The Code of Conduct makes it clear that members of the House are required to act in the public interest, and in accordance with the seven general principles of conduct identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
The Code also requires that all financial and relevant non-financial interests are disclosed in the Register of Lords’ Interests.
In order to assist in openness and accountability the Code of Conduct requires that members shall register all relevant interests, in order to make clear what are the interests that might reasonably be thought to influence their parliamentary actions. Members are also required to declare when speaking in the House any interest which is a relevant to the subject under debate.
A separate set of rules governs members’ use of House of Lords refreshment facilities and services for private events. In accordance with these rules, a log of members’ private events is published quarterly.
House of Lords Commissioner for Standards
The independent House of Lords Commissioner for Standards investigates allegations that members of the House of Lords have breached the Code of Conduct, including of the rules governing members' financial support and the use of parliamentary facilities.
Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct
The Sub Committee on Lords’ Conduct periodically reviews the Code of Conduct. If the Commissioner for Standards finds that a member has breached the Code of Conduct, his report is presented to the Sub-Committee, which recommends the appropriate sanction.
Committee for Privileges and Conduct
The Committee for Privileges and Conduct reviews reports from the Commissioner and Sub-Committee. A member who has been found to have breached the Code of Conduct also has a right of appeal to the Committee for Privileges and Conduct, which then reports its conclusions and recommendations to the House. The final decision rests with the House.