Committee publishes submission to House of Commons Commission on precautionary exclusion
10 February 2023
The Committee on Standards has today published its submission to the House of Commons Commission consultation on precautionary exclusion.
Following the House of Commons Commission's recent publication of proposals for consultation on ‘precautionary exclusion’, which would potentially restrict MPs’ access to the parliamentary estate and parliamentary travel where an MP has been charged with a violent or sexual offence, the Committee on Standards has now published a report setting out its views on the complex issues involved, together with a summary of specific proposals for the Commission to consider.
The publication comes after the Committee launched a call for evidence and held a one-off evidence session with witnesses on the subject last month.
Following hearing a wide range of views from senior Members of the House of Commons, Trade Union representatives, and representatives from comparable bodies, the Committee has set out a comprehensive response to the proposals.
The submission from the Committee takes account of how precautionary exclusion relates to the Commons’ standards system, constitutional issues, and the safety of the public and other members of the parliamentary community.
You can read the report with the Committee’s contribution to the Commission consultation here.