Agreements for the provision of services|
|"Any Member proposing to enter into an agreement which involves the provision of services in his capacity as a Member of Parliament shall conclude such an agreement only if it conforms to the Resolution of the House of 6th November 1995 relating to Conduct of Members; and a full copy of any such agreement including the fees or benefits payable in bands of: up to £5,000, £5,001-£10,000, and thereafter in bands of £5,000, shall be deposited with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards at the same time as it is registered in the Register of Members' Financial Interests and made available for inspection and reproduction by the public.
Any Member who has an existing agreement involving the provision of services in his capacity as a Member of Parliament which conforms to the Resolution of the House of 6th November 1995 relating to Conduct of Members, but which is not in written form, shall take steps to put the agreement in written form; and no later than 31st March 1996 a full copy of any such agreement including the fees or benefits payable in bands of: up to £5,000, £5,001-£10,000, and thereafter in bands of £5,000 shall be deposited with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and registered in the Register of Members' Financial Interests and made available for inspection and reproduction by the public.
Provided that the requirement to deposit a copy of an agreement with the Commissioner shall not apply
(a) if the fees or benefits payable do not exceed one per cent of the current parliamentary salary; nor
(b) in the case of media work (but in that case the Member shall deposit a statement of the fees or benefits payable in the bands specified above)."
(Part of a Resolution of the House of 6 November 1995, amended on 14 May 2002 and on 9 February 2009)
66. Under a Resolution of the House of 6 November 1995 the House
agreed that Members should deposit certain agreements for the
provision of services with the Parliamentary Commissioner for
- ensure that the agreement does
not breach the ban on lobbying for reward or consideration (see
paragraphs 89-101 below);
- put any such agreement in written form;
- deposit a full copy of the agreement with the
Commissioner. The agreement should indicate the nature of the
services to be provided and specify the fees or benefits the Member
is to receive in bands of (1) up to £5,000; (2) £5,001
to £10,000 (and thereafter in bands of £5,000);
- make the appropriate entry in the Register; and
- declare the interest when it is appropriate to
do so (see paragraphs 72-88).
Deposited agreements may be inspected in the Parliamentary
67. 'Services in the capacity of a Member of Parliament'
is usually taken to mean advice on any parliamentary matter or
services connected with any parliamentary proceeding or otherwise
related to the House. Essentially, when Members are considering
whether an agreement is necessary they should ask themselves 'Would
I be doing this job in this way if I were not a Member of Parliament',
and seek an agreement if the answer is 'No'.
68. The Select Committee on Standards in Public Life
gave the following guidance in respect of the application of the
"The present rule is that all remunerated outside
employment must be included in the Register, irrespective of whether
it has any bearing on a Member's actions in Parliament. We have
no doubt that this discipline should continue to be observed.
If our recommendation that paid advocacy
in Parliament should be prohibited altogether is adopted by the
House, it is essential that no future agreements should require
Members to take part in activities which can be described as advocacy.
The new requirement for employment agreements
to be put in writing will apply principally to any arrangement
whereby a Member may offer advice about parliamentary matters.
We think it right, however, that it should also include frequent,
as opposed to merely occasional, commitments outside Parliament
which arise directly from membership of the House. For example,
a regular, paid newspaper column or television programme would
have to be the subject of a written agreement, but ad hoc current
affairs or news interviews or intermittent panel appearances would
It may not always be immediately obvious whether
a particular employment agreement arises directly from, or relates
directly to, membership of the House. At one end of the spectrum
are those Members whose outside employment pre-dates their original
election, whilst at the other extreme are those who have taken
up paid adviserships since entering the House. In between there
will be many cases which are difficult to classify. Some Members,
for example, may provide advice on Parliamentary matters incidentally
as part of a much wider employment agreement covering matters
wholly unrelated to the House. In these circumstances, it would
be for an individual Member to decide how far it would be proper
to isolate the Parliamentary services within a separate, depositable
agreement; in reaching that decision he may wish to consult the
69. On the basis of this guidance the Committee on
Standards and Privileges has agreed that disclosing the remuneration
for parliamentary services separately from remuneration for other
services would be justified only in exceptional circumstances;
eg where the parliamentary services are separately identifiable
and form only a small proportion of the services as a whole. In
any such case the entry in the Register should make it clear that
the remuneration is for parliamentary services as part of a wider
70. The scope of the Resolutions is not limited to
employment registered under Category 2 (Remunerated employment,
office, profession, etc) but includes other forms of employment,
such as directorships (including non-executive directorships),
when these involve the provision of services by the Member in
his or her capacity as a Member of Parliament.
71. The following special provisions apply to media
work (journalism, broadcasting, speaking engagements, media appearances,
a) The deposit of an agreement for the provision
of services is not required.
b) Unless the work is wholly unrelated to parliamentary
affairs, such as a sports column in a newspaper, Members
who register any form of media work under Category 2 (Remunerated
employment, office, profession, etc.) should declare the remuneration,
or value of the reward, they receive for each commitment, or group
of commitments for the same organisation or audience in the same
calendar year, in bands of (1) up to £5,000; (2) £5,001-£10,000
(and thereafter in bands of £5,000).
25 Select Committee on Standards in Public Life, Second
Report, Session 1994-95, HC 816, paragraphs 39-42. Back
Referred to in the Guide as "lobbying for reward or consideration". Back
Referred to in the Guide as "agreements for the provision
of services". Back
But see also paragraph 71 below. Back