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Code of Conduct consultation

Inquiry

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.

Read the call for evidence for more detail on the inquiry.

 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 10 February 2022.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Third Report - New Guide to the Rules: final proposals
Inquiry Code of Conduct consultation
Committees Committee on Standards
HC 544
Report
Response to this report
First Special Report - Government Response to the Committee’s First, Second and Third Reports of Session 2022–23
HC 709
Special Report
First Special Report - Government Response to the Committee’s First, Second and Third Reports of Session 2022–23
Inquiry Code of Conduct consultation
Committees Committee on Standards
HC 709
Special Report
Second Report - Code of Conduct: Procedural Protocol
Inquiry Code of Conduct consultation
Committees Committee on Standards
HC 378
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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26 April 2022
Inquiry Code of Conduct consultation
Witnesses Mark Spencer (Lord President and Leader of the House at House of Commons), and Michael Ellis (Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office at House of Commons)
Committees Committee on Standards
Oral Evidence
8 March 2022
Inquiry Code of Conduct consultation
Witnesses Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder (Former Senior President at Tribunals for the United Kingdom and former Lord Justice of Appeal)
Committees Committee on Standards
Oral Evidence
26 January 2022
Inquiry Code of Conduct consultation
Witnesses Kathryn Stone (Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards at House of Commons), James Davies (Registrar of Members' Financial Interests at House of Commons), and Helen Reid (Senior Investigations and Complaints Manager at House of Commons)
Committees Committee on Standards
Oral Evidence
CCC0059 - Code of Conduct consultation
Witnesses Sir William Cash (Member at House of Commons)
Committees Committee on Standards
Written Evidence
CCC0058 - Code of Conduct consultation
Witnesses Dr John Benger (Clerk of the House at House of Commons)
Committees Committee on Standards
Written Evidence
CCC0027 - Code of Conduct consultation
Witnesses The 1922 Committee
Committees Committee on Standards
Written Evidence

Contact us

  • Email: standards@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 6615 (general enquiries) / 0207 219 1493 or 07712540141 (Paul Connolly: Media enquiries)