Reports on complaints

When the Commissioner conducts an investigation into a member, she produces a report of her findings. From February 2017 her reports are published via one of two processes.

The first process applies if the member is found in breach of the Code of Conduct and the case is unsuitable for remedial action. The Commissioner’s report is considered by the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct. The sub-committee reports in turn to the Committee for Privileges and Conduct, recommending a sanction where necessary.

The Committee for Privileges and Conduct then hears any appeal against the finding of breach or the recommended sanction (or both). The Committee for Privileges and Conduct reports to the House and appends to its report the report of the Commissioner. It is only when the Committee for Privileges and Conduct has published its report that the Commissioner’s report becomes public. Until then information on her investigations remains confidential.

The Commissioner’s reports and the reports of the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct and the Committee for Privileges and Conduct are available on the webpages of the Committee for Privileges and Conduct.

The second process applies if the member is cleared of breaching the Code, or if the breach is minor and the Commissioner has agreed remedial action with the member. At the end of her investigation the Commissioner’s report is published only on this webpage (please see below). Until then information on her investigation remains confidential.

Before February 2017 the Commissioner’s reports were always published on the webpages of the Committee for Privileges and Conduct.

Reports on cases

The conduct of Lord Richards of Herstmonceux (published February 2017).

The cases at the links below contain material from before February 2017 which was not published on the webpages of the Committee for Privileges and Conduct.