Further written evidence from the Trade Union Side (TUS) (SAN0004)
In evidence to the Committee on 25 June 2019, we discussed withdrawal of services as a possible sanction.
To explain in more detail, we think this might operate on two levels, ie, in relation to:
These could potentially be one-off incidents which are better resolved quickly. There needs to be a process for investigating reports and making decisions on whether the code has been breached and what sanction should apply. Any sanction would need to be appropriate and proportionate in the circumstances, as we discussed in our oral evidence to the Committee. This could include the ability to withdraw services, such as access to catering outlets, for a period from any individual (including an MP or and Peer) where it is judged that the Behaviour Code has been breached. We think that any decision to withdraw services would need to be made by a senior manager, probably at Commons Executive Board level. There would need to be a short process for challenging the decision.
27 June 2019