The Committee on Standards is carrying out a comprehensive and far-reaching inquiry into the operation of the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament.
The Committee published its initial report (incorporating the Commissioner’s own review of the Code) with proposals for public consultation on 29 November 2021. This consultation is the second stage in a multi-stage process of preparing a new text of the Code, and the associated Guide to the Rules, for approval by the House.
The Committee has appointed the Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder, former Lord Justice of Appeal and Senior President of Tribunals, to conduct a review of fairness and natural justice within the House of Commons standards system. An exchange of correspondence between the Chair and Sir Ernest has been published; the letter from the Chair contains the full terms of reference of the review.