Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report


The Committee on Standards and Privileges is appointed by the House of Commons to oversee the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards; to examine the arrangements proposed by the Commissioner for the compilation, maintenance and accessibility of the Register of Members' Interests and any other registers of interest established by the House; to review from time to time the form and content of those registers; to consider any specific complaints made in relation to the registering or declaring of interests referred to it by the Commissioner; to consider any matter relating to the conduct of Members, including specific complaints in relation to alleged breaches in the Code of Conduct which have been drawn to the Committee's attention by the Commissioner; and to recommend any modifications to the Code of Conduct as may from time to time appear to be necessary.

Current Membership
Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP (Conservative, North West Hampshire) (Chairman)
Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative, Worthing West)
Mr Russell Brown MP (Labour, Dumfries)
Ross Cranston QC MP (Labour, Dudley North)
Mr Andrew Dismore MP (Labour, Hendon)
Mr Michael Jabez Foster DL MP (Labour, Hastings and Rye)
Mr David Heath CBE MP (Liberal Democrat, Somerton and Frome)
Mr Tom Levitt MP (Labour, High Peak)
Mr Kevin McNamara MP (Labour, Hull North)
Richard Ottaway MP (Conservative, Croydon South)
Rt Hon Alan Williams MP (Labour, Swansea West)

The following were also members of the Committee during the Parliament:
Tony Baldry MP (Conservative, Banbury) (discharged 5 November 2001)
Mr David Chidgey MP (Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh) (discharged 5 November 2001)

The constitution and powers of the Committee are set out in Standing Order No. 149. In particular, the Committee has power to order the attendance of any Member of Parliament before the committee and to require that specific documents or records in the possession of a Member relating to its inquiries, or to the inquiries of the Commissioner, be laid before the Committee. The Committee has power to refuse to allow its public proceedings to be broadcast. The Law Officers, if they are Members of Parliament, may attend and take part in the Committee's proceedings, but may not vote.

The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet at A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this volume.

All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general inquiries is 020 7219 6615.

In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. References to written evidence are indicated by the page number, eg. 'Ev 12'.

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