Criminal records (2017)

Request

  1. How many current members of the House of Commons have criminal records? I would like figures please.
  2. How many former members of the House of Commons had criminal records when they were MPs? Once again, I would like this information in figures.
  3. If there are MPs that hold criminal records, what crimes are they for?

 

Response

  1. How many current members of the House of Commons have criminal records? I would like figures please.
    Information on how many MPs currently have criminal convictions is not held by the House of Commons. Members are not obliged to provide this information to the House of Commons.  The information you require may be held by the Police and you may therefore wish to consider submitting your request to them.  The contact details of the various Police Forces are available online or from any public library. Alternatively, you may wish to consider contacting the individual Members concerned to ask for the information you seek; contact details are available on our Parliamentary pages. However, Members of Parliament are not public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act. This means that they are not obliged to respond to requests made under the Act.
  2. How many former members of the House of Commons had criminal records when they were MPs? Once again, I would like this information in figures.
    Some information is held by the House of Commons.  Information on former members of the House of Commons is already publicly available from the parliamentary web pages.
    As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) your request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA.  This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
  3. If there are MPs that hold criminal records, what crimes are they for?
    As explained above, the House of Commons holds limited information about the criminal records of Members, because they are not required to report this to the House of Commons.  This is already detailed in our response above.  We suggest that you redirect your request to either the Police, or individual Members themselves.