Register of Journalists' Interests Contents


Purpose and Form of the Register

The establishment of the Register dates from a Resolution of the House on 17 December 1985 (shown overleaf). Essentially the purpose of the Register is to record "not only the employment for which they [ie. the journalist] had received their pass, but also any other paid occupation or employment where their privileged access to Parliament is relevant". Entries in the Register are listed alphabetically according to the journalist's surname.

Administration and Inspection of the Register

The Register is compiled and maintained by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (tel: 020 7219 0401). 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.

When the House is sitting, the Register is usually updated at the start of each month. It is not printed by The Stationery Office and is not available in bookshops, but a copy of the most recent edition is put:

  • on the Internet at (select `Index', then the letter `R', then `Register of All-Party Groups')

  • for public inspection in the Committee Office of the House of Commons (please call 020 7219 6615 to make an appointment)

  • in the Oriel Room at the House of Commons, for Members of either House to inspect.


17 December 1985

 Resolved, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Members' Interests in the last Session of Parliament; welcomes the intention of the Committee stated in paragraphs 7 and 9 of the Report to keep under review both Parliamentary lobbying and the appropriate scope of the declaration and registration required of Members who are so engaged; emphasises that it is the personal responsibility of each Member to have regard to his public position and the good name of Parliament in any work he undertakes or any interest he acquires; confirms that the scope of the requirements to register remunerated trades, professions or vocations includes any remunerated activity in the fields of public relations and political and parliamentary advice and consultancy; in particular agrees with the Select Committee in its statement in paragraph 10 of its Report in regard to the registration and declaring of clients that the services which require such registration and, where appropriate, declaration: `include as well as any action connected with any proceedings in the House or its Committees, the sponsoring of functions in the Palace, making representations to Ministers, Civil Servants and other Members, accompanying delegations to Ministers and the like'; and further agrees with its recommendations in the interests of greater openness, namely that:

            1. those holding permanent passes as lobby journalists accredited to Parliamentary press Gallery or for parliamentary broadcasting be required to register not only the employment for which they had received their pass, but also any other paid occupation or employment where their privileged access to Parliament is relevant;
            2. holders of permanent passes as Members' secretaries or Members' research assistants be required to register any relevant gainful occupation which they may pursue other than that for which the pass is issued; and
            3. Commons officers in All-Party Groups, Parliamentary Groups, and Groups whose membership is open to Members of either House of more than one party[1], be required to register the names of the officers of the Group, and the source and extent of any benefits financial or in kind from outside sources which they may enjoy, together with any other relevant gainful occupation of any staff which they may have. Where a public relations agency provides the assistance, the ultimate client should be named;

and that the Registers be made available for public inspection under arrangements to be approved by the Committee on Standards and Privileges[2]; and asks that the Committee considers further measures to strengthen disclosure provisions including the possibility of identifying interests in Parliamentary Questions, whether the amount of remuneration should be declared as well as the interest, and whether there is the need to consider constraints on voting.

1   Words in italics were amended by a Resolution of the House on 10 March 1989. Back

2   Words in italics were amended by a Resolution of the House on 29 July 1998. Back

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