Review of the Guide to the Rules relating to the conduct of Members of Parliament

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is seeking views on the scope and content of the House of Commons Guide to the Rules relating to the conduct of Members of Parliament.

Background to consultation

The purpose of the current Guide to the Rules is to assist Members of Parliament in discharging the duties placed on them by the rules in the Code of Conduct. It provides detailed guidance on the rules in relation to the registration and declaration of financial interests and the lobbying activities of Members of Parliament. In addition it sets out the complaints procedure.

The Commissioner will submit a report on this consultation to the Committee on Standards and Privileges later this year. The Committee may recommend to the House any changes to the Guide which it considers advisable.

Purpose of consultation

This consultation on the Guide to the Rules provides an opportunity to consider ways of improving its presentation, of clarifying its provisions and of making possible changes to take account of experience and current expectations. The last consultation was in 2006 with the most recent revisions made to the Guide in 2009.* A review in each Parliament was recommended by the Committee on Standards in Public Life in its eighth report in 2002.

Areas of consultation

The consultation paper provides a possible redrafting of the current rules to make them clearer and more precise. It also sets out a number of questions about possible changes to the rules. Consultees are invited to respond to all or any of these questions, and to make any other points they would wish to have considered.

Download the Consultation Paper and the Guide to the Rules

Responding to the consultation

Responses to this consultation must be received by 12 April 2012.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards proposes to publish all responses to the consultation. If respondents wish to have their names or evidence withheld from publication, they should state that clearly in their response with their reasons.

The Commissioner will consider the responses to this consultation paper, and will prepare a report to the House of Commons Committee on Standards and Privileges with recommendations about any possible revisions to the Guide to the Rules.

Please respond by email or in writing.

Email: guidereview@parliament.uk

Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA

Review of the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has now concluded his review of the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament and has submitted his memorandum to the Committee on Standards and Privileges. The Committee's report and the Commissioner's memorandum are available to download.

The responses received by the Commissioner to his Consultation Paper can be viewed at:

 

* Committee on Standards and Privileges, Sixteenth Report of Session 2005–06 HC 1580 and Fourth Report of Session 2008–09 HC 208; The Code of Conduct together with The Guide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members, 23 June 2009, HC735. (link)

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