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PCS referrals (2017)

Request

The number of cases referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to investigate alleged breaches of the Rules of Conduct set out in part V of the House of Commons Code of Conduct between June 2015- June 2017. I would like this data listed by month within the date range.

 

Response

You asked for the number of cases per month referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (PCS) to investigate alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by Members, between June 2015 and June 2017.

If by ‘referrals’ you mean the number of alleged breaches which have been referred to PCS from the helpline described above, this is not information held by the House of Commons because we do not record any referrals. However, if your request is for the number of all referrals received by the PCS, this information is held by the House of Commons. The Commissioner routinely publishes details of the referrals received (and whether or not they were investigated) on the parliamentary website. As this information is also 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.