Criminal convictions (2014)

Request

  1. Could you tell me how many MPs in the united Kingdom we have.
  2. Of those MPs how many have criminal convictions.
  3. Of those MPs who have convictions please categorise them. i.e. Fraud offences, sexual offences.
  4. How many have received disciplinary actions ie fines, warning letter.
  5. Of those MPs who have criminal offences or had disciplinary action taken against them state which  political party they belong.
  6. Do MPs have to undertake some form of vetting. If so please provide details of the process or copies of the forms they are required to complete.
  7. How many MPs are currently under investigation for expenses issues.

 

Response

  1. Could you tell me how many MPs in the United Kingdom we have?
    There are currently 650 MPs in the House of Commons.
  2. Of those MPs how many have criminal convictions?
    And
  3. Of those MPs who have convictions please categorise them. I.e. Fraud offences, sexual offences?
    This information is not held by the House of Commons.  On this occasion we are unable to identify any other public authority from whom you may be able to request this information.  Further, the information you require constitutes personal data and is therefore likely to be exempt from disclosure under Data Protection provisions. 
    However, the House of Commons research paper entitled "Members Imprisonment since 1979 (PDF PDF 48 KB)" may be of interest to you.
  4. How many have received disciplinary actions i.e. fines, warning letter?
    And
  5. Of those MPs who have criminal offences or had disciplinary action taken against them state which political party they belong.
    Details of :
    - Ongoing and completed investigations that have been undertaken by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (PCS)
    - Annual reports detailing activity of the PCS’s office
  6. Do MPs have to undertake some form of vetting? If so please provide details of the process or copies of the forms they are required to complete.
    Members of Parliament are not vetted by the House of Commons. 
    A candidate who wishes to represent a political party at elections may be vetted by the party before being elected to stand, but this information is not held by the House of Commons. 
    - Details of requirements for standing as a Member of Parliament.
  7. How many MPs are currently under investigation for expenses issues?
    This information is not held by the House of Commons.  The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), who took over responsibility for Members’ expenses in 2010, should be contacted directly for details of any investigations currently being undertaken by their Compliance Officer.