Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards deals with the application of the Code of Conduct and related Rules that apply to Members of Parliament. 

This includes the registration of financial interests held by MPs and the investigation of complaints about MPs who have allegedly breached the Code of Conduct or related Rules.

Key responsibilities

  • Overseeing the maintenance and monitoring the operation of the Register of Members’ Financial Interests
  • Providing advice on a confidential basis to individual Members and to the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges about the interpretation of the Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members
  • Monitoring the operation of the Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules and, where appropriate, proposing possible modifications of it to the Committee on Standards and Privileges
  • Preparing guidance and providing training for Members on matters of conduct, propriety and ethics
  • Receiving and investigating complaints about Members who are allegedly in breach of the Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules, and reporting his findings to the Committee on Standards and Privileges
  • The Commissioner also presents an annual report to the House of Commons on the work of his office

Find out more about the role and responsibilities of the Commissioner.

 

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Related information

An Annual Report on the work undertaken by the Commissioner's office has been produced every year since 2003. The Annual Report for 2010–11 (PDF 355 KB) was published on 6 July 2011.