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Members employment (2015)

Request

Does the House of Commons hold any documents which include information on the subject of MPs undertaking outside paid work?

This could include:

  • Surveys of MPs with questions about outside work;
  • Any HoC documents with an analysis of MPs outside work;
  • Any documents about problems/concerns surrounding the issue of MPs having second jobs.
  • Any other documents on the subject of MPs second jobs

I would be grateful if you could provide me with any and all such documents written since 2005. I am particularly interested in any documents written since May 2010.

 

Response

The House of Commons holds information about Members of Parliament undertaking outside work. Members are required to register their financial interests, including remunerated employment outside of the House, in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. The current Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules relating to the conduct of Members is also available.
You also asked for any other documents held by the House of Commons relating to MP’s outside work. Information about publications, including transcripts of key debates, reports and research briefings:

  • Members’ paid directorships and consultancies were debated most recently on 25 February 2015. The record of that debate.
  • Commons debates about changes to the Code of Conduct & Guide to the rules relating to the conduct of Members during the specified timeframe:
    2009
    2012
    2015

In January 2011 the House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee published a Report on the registration of income from employment.

Information about Research Briefings published during the period relating to Members of Parliament undertaking outside paid work is provided.

A Briefing paper entitled ‘Code of Conduct for Members – recent changes’ was published in March 2015.

A Briefing prepared by House of Commons Library researchers entitled ‘Key Details for Parliament 2015’ includes guidance on second jobs.

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 your FOI request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOI Act. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

It may also interest you to know that information about parliamentary proceedings, including the formal record of debates and the Reports of House of Commons Committees, can also be found on the Parliament website. You can see the official record of proceedings in the House and you can find Committee Reports via the individual Committee webpages.