Appendix 1: The Rectification Prcedure
In the case of admitted failures to register or declare
interests where the interest involved is minor or the failure
to register or declare was inadvertent, the Commissioner has discretion
to allow the Member concerned to rectify the matter. In the case
of non-registration, rectification requires a belated entry in
the current Register, with an appropriate explanatory note; in
the case of non-declaration, it requires an apology to the House,
either by means of a point of order or of an intervention in a
A late entry in the Register will be printed in bold
italics and asterisked to a footnote. * The footnote will read:
"entry added or amended on [insert date], under the rectification
The footnote will be cross-referred to the page at
the beginning of the Register where the rectification procedure
will be briefly explained.
The corrected entry will remain in bold italics for
12 months from its first appearing and will also appear in one
annual printed Register.
The entry itself in standard form will stay in so
long as it is relevant if related to a continuing benefit.
The decision on whether the use of the rectification
procedure is appropriate in any case is a matter for the Commissioner,
who has discretion to dispose of such cases without first bringing
them before the Committee on Standards and Privileges. Nonetheless,
in any case in which the procedure is used, the Commissioner reports
its use briefly to the Committee. He also informs the complainant
of the outcome.