Purpose and Form of the Register
In accordance with Resolutions made by the House
of Commons on 17 December 1985 and 28 June 1993, holders of photo-identity
passes as Members' secretaries or research assistants are in essence
required to register:
- Any occupation or employment for which
they receive over £329 from the same source in the
course of a calendar year, if that occupation or employment is
in any way advantaged by the privileged access to Parliament afforded
by their pass.
- Any gift (eg: jewellery) or benefit
(eg: hospitality, services or facilities) they receive in the
course of a calendar year, if the value of the gift or benefit
exceeds £329 and if it in any way relates to or arises
from their work in Parliament.
In Section 1 of the Register entries are listed alphabetically
according to the staff member's surname. Section 2 contains exactly
the same information but entries are instead listed according
to the sponsoring Member's name.
Administration of the Register
The Register is compiled and maintained by the Office
of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. Anyone whose
details are entered on the Register is required to notify that
office of any change in their registrable interests within 28
days of such a change arising. An updated edition of the Register
is usually published every 4-6 weeks when the House is sitting.
Changes to the rules governing the Register are determined
by the Committee on Standards and Privileges, although where such
changes are substantial they are put by the Committee to the House
for approval before being implemented.
Complaints, whether from Members, the public or anyone
else alleging that a staff member is in breach of the rules governing
the Register, should in the first instance be sent to the Registrar
of Members' Interests in the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards. The Registrar will then seek to resolve the complaint,
though in serious cases the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
may seek the agreement of the Committee on Standards and Privileges
to undertake a formal investigation.
In minor cases of infringement, the Commissioner
may, at his discretion, apply the rectification procedure. Under
this, a late entry is printed in bold italics in the Register
for 12 months from its first appearing. More major cases may
be the subject of formal investigation and will be reported to
the Committee on Standards and Privileges.
Information and advice about the
Register and the rules governing it
The Register can be viewed at www.parliament.uk by
looking under 'Registers of Interests' in the A-Z Index on the
home page there. Should you require any further advice please
The Assistant Registrar
Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
House of Commons
London SW1A OAA
Tel: 020 7219 0401
Fax: 020 7219 0490