The Register of Members' Financial Interests
of Members' Interests is published soon after the beginning of
a new Parliament, under the authority of the Committee on Standards
and Privileges, and annually thereafter. Between publications
the Register is regularly updated electronically and is available
for public inspection in the Search Room of the Parliamentary
Archives. Employment agreements deposited with the Registrar
are available for personal inspection only.
Editions of the Register published after 1 April 2008 reflect
the Resolution of the House of 27 March 2008 enabling Members
to Register, in Part 2 of the Register, their employment of family
members paid from the Staffing Allowance.
The edition dated 8 July 2009 is the first Register to reflect
two sets of changes agreed by the House to the rules regarding
entries on the Register of Members' Financial Interests (formerly
known as the Register of Members' Interests).
Changes agreed on 9 February 2009 mainly relate to interests which
Members have hitherto been expected to register with the Electoral
Commission as well as on the Register of Members' Interests.
Henceforth this dual reporting will no longer be required but
more detail will be published on the Register. These changes apply
to Categories 4, 5 and 6, and a new category 10 (Loans and other
controlled transactions) of the Register.
Changes agreed on 30 April 2009 require Members to register, in
respect of all interests falling within Categories 1, 2, and 3,
the precise amount of each individual payment made in respect
of that interest, the nature of the work carried out in return
for that payment, the number of hours worked during the period
to which the payment relates and (except where legal or professional
privilege applies) the name and address of the person, organisation
or company making the payment.
Both these rule changes took effect on 1 July 2009 and apply only
to the registration of benefits received on or after that date.
As before, benefits must be registered within four weeks of receipt.
Entries on the Register made after 1 July and which have been
made under the new rules, have been highlighted. From now on
each edition of the Register will highlight all entries made since
the last one.
The current Guide to the Rules can be found at: