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Reports on complaints

When a Commissioner conducts an investigation into a member, he produces a report of his findings. His reports are published via one of two processes.

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

The second 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, including his recommended sanction, is considered by the Conduct Committee. The Conduct Committee then hears any appeal. The Committee reports to the House and appends to its report the report of the Commissioner. It is only when the Conduct Committee has published its report that the Commissioner's report becomes public. Until then, information on his investigations remains confidential.

Reports on cases

2020–21

The conduct of Lord Pickles
(published 6 August 2021)

The conduct of Baroness Jay of Paddington
(published 9 June 2021)

The conduct of Lord O'Neill of Gatley
(published 21 May 2021)

Failure to attend Valuing Everyone training
(published 18 May 2021)

The conduct of Lord Botham
(published 17 May 2021)

The conduct of Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth
(published 24 February 2021)

The conduct of Lord Freud
(published 9 February 2021)

The conduct of Lord Singh of Wimbledon
(published 13 January 2021)

Report into the failure of six members to respond to the Annual Audit Notice
(published 14 December 2020)

The conduct of Benedict Rich
(published 19 October 2020)

The conduct of Lord Lea of Crondall
(published 10 August 2020)

The conduct of Lord Adonis
(published 10 June 2020)

The conduct of Lord Smith of Kelvin
(published 3 June 2020) 

The conduct of Baroness Meacher
(published June 2020)

2019–20

The conduct of Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington
(published February 2020)

The conduct of Lord Lea of Crondall
(published January 2020)

The conduct of Lord Black of Brentwood
(published December 2019)

The conduct of Lord Stone of Blackheath
(published October 2019)

The conduct of Baroness Meacher
(published June 2019)

The conduct of Lord Deben
(published June 2019)

2018–19

The conduct of Lord Singh of Wimbledon
(published April 2019)

The conduct of Lord Hain
(published April 2019)

The conduct of Lord Barker of Battle and Lord Fairfax of Cameron
(published February 2019)

The conduct of Lord Tope
(published February 2019)

2016–17

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.

Reports by the Conduct Committee

Reports by the Conduct Committee are published here.

Before May 2019, reports on cases where remedial action was unsuitable were considered first by the Sub-Committee on Lords' Conduct and then by the Committee for Privileges and Conduct. The reports from that process are available on the webpages of the Committee for Privileges and Conduct.

Contact the House of Lords Commissioners for Standards' Office

General Enquiries: 020 7219 7152
Press Office: 0207 219 8550
Email: lordsstandards@parliament.uk

Rules of conduct in the House of Lords

Read the rules of conduct for members of the House of Lords as set out in the Code of Conduct and the Guide to the Code of Conduct. The rules for members’ staff are set out in the Code of Conduct for House of Lords Members’ Staff.

House of Lords Code of Conduct