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Index to The Guide to the Rules

Except where otherwise stated, references are to the relevant paragraphs of the Guide

Accommodation

—registration of free and subsidised, 33

Adjournment debates; declaration of interest, 82

"Added names" to motions, amendments, &c.; declaration of interest, 80

Advisers; Members acting as paid, 24, 26, 66-70, 90

Agreements for the provision of services

—guidance on application of rule, 95-97

—inspection, 66

—media work, 71

—rules relating to deposit, 66

Amendments to bills or motions; declaration of interest, 77, 78

"Ballot bills"

—application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration in respect of assistance provided to Member in charge, 99(6)

—declaration of interest, 78

Bills, Private; Standing Order relating to, 85

Bills, Public

—application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 97(6)

—declaration of interest during proceedings upon, 75-80

Bribery; Resolution of 2 May 1695, page 45

Business question or statement; declaration of interest in requests for debate, etc., 87

Children, dependent

—and ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 99(5)

—registration of shareholdings, 54

Clients

—application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 96

—registration, 27-28

[Resolution relating to registration and declaration of, page 43]

Code of Conduct; Resolutions relating thereto, pages 46-48

Committee on Standards and Privileges

—complaints and, 104, 102-114

—Register published on authority of, 18

[Resolution approving Third Report, Session 1995-96, etc., page 46]

Clubs, political, donations from, 35

Company cars, registration, 19

Companies

—application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 96, 100

—registration of interests relating to, 19, 20

  as clients, 24

  non-trading, 20

  receipt of gifts by, when Member has controlling interest, 38

  sponsorship by, 29, 36

Complaints; procedure relating to, 103-114

Conduct of Members; Resolution of 15 July 1947, page 45

Constituency interests; ban on lobbying for reward or consideration and, 96, 100

Constituency associations; donations to, 30-32

Consultants; Members acting as remunerated, 24, 27, 66-71, 73, 92

Contractual obligations; limitations in respect of membership of the House, 90, 92

[Resolution, page 45]

Controlled transactions under PPERA, 60-62

Correspondence; declaration of interest in certain, 72, 86

Debate

—application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration to, 94-100

—declaration of interest during, 74-77

Debt; registration of indebtedness, 23 (footnote), 37

  See also Loans

Declaration of interests; rules relating to, 72-88

[Resolutions, pages 42-44]

—adjournment debates, 821, 82

—Bills, private, 85

—Bills, public, 77-81

—business questions, 87

—civil servants; communications with, 72, 86 [Resolutions, pages 42-43]

—debates, declaration during, 76-77

—divisions, 87 [Resolutions, page 42]

—early day motions, 78-79, 81

—emergency debate applications, 82

—future interests, 73

—Ministers, communications with, 72, 86

—to Ministers of the Crown, public servants, &c., 72, 86 [Resolutions, pages 42-43]

—Notice Paper or Order Paper, signification of declaration, 78, 80, 82

—past interests, 73

—private notice questions, 78, 80

—in Public Bill Committees, 76-77

—purpose of, 6

—Questions, 78, 87

—relevant, declaration when, 74-75, 86

__in Select Committees, 76, 83

—supplementary questions, 87 [Resolution, page 42]

—"ten-minute rule" motions, 78-80

—timing of declarations, 76-77

—written notices and, 78-80

Delegations; rule on Members accompanying, 102 [Resolutions, page 43]

Directorships

—agreements for the provision of services, application of rule relating to, 70

—application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 91, 99(3), 100(a)

—registration of, 19-23

—unremunerated, 19-20, 64

Divisions; entry in Register sufficient disclosure for purpose of, 88 [Resolution, page 42]

Donations [see Gifts]

—constituency associations, registration of certain donations to, 30-32

—impermissible, 2, note page 25

Early day motions; declaration of interest and, 77-78, 81

Electoral Commission

—jurisdiction of, 2, 3, 30, 33, 42, 49, 60

Emergency debate (S.O. No. 24) applications; declaration of interest when making, 82

Employment, remunerated

—application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 91, 96, 99(3), 100

—registration of, 23

[Resolutions, page 44]

Family benefits

—and ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 93 99 (5)

—registration, 38, 40

Family Members, employment of, 65

[Resolution, page 47]

Front-bench spokespeople, sponsorship of, 33

Fundraising events, 35

Gifts

—duration of effect under ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 99(4)

—registration of, 37-45, 49

Guidelines on application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 95

Hospitality

—duration of effect under ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 99(4)

—overseas, 49

—within the United Kingdom, 37-45

Investment vehicles, collective, 58

Land; registration of land and property, 50-53

Lloyds, 23 (footnote)

Loans; registration of, 23 (footnote), 28, 37, 60-62, note p25

Lobbying for reward or consideration; application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 89-101 [Resolutions, pages 45-46]

—"ballot bills" and, 99(6)

—constituency interests, 76, 96(2)

—directorships, 100(a)

—disposal of interests, 99(3)

—family benefits, 99(5)

—future interests, 99(2)

—guidelines, 95

—"one-off" benefits, duration of effect of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 99(4)

—overseas visits, 99(7), 100(c-d)

—parameters to operation of ban, 99

—past benefits, 99(2)

—proceedings, initiation of, 98

  —proceedings, participation in, 96, 100

Local authorities; provision of free or subsidised accommodation by 33, 100(f)

Media work, 71

Membership of other elected bodies; exemption from ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 99(8)

Ministers of the Crown

—approaches to, 95, 100(a) [Resolutions, pages 42-43, 45]

—delegations to, rule on Members accompanying, 102

—disclosure by Members of relevant interests to, 72, 86 [Resolutions, page 42]

—exemption from ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 99(9)

—ministerial office not registrable, 8

Notice Paper or Order Paper, declaration of interest signified in, 78-81

Office, non-parliamentary, candidacy for, 34

Overseas benefits and gifts

—duration of effect under ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 99(4)

—registration of, 49

Overseas visits

—and ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 99(7), 100(d)(e)

—registration, 46-48

  categories not registrable, 47-48

Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

—advice to Members, 3

—agreements for provision of services; deposit with, 66, 71

—communications with (legal status, etc.), 107

—complaints to, 103-114

—discretion to supply copies of entries in Register, 18

—to be notified by Members of an interest before parliamentary action taken relevant to that interest, 13

—Register of Members' Interests, duty of compiling, 9, 18

—registration form, submission to, 13

Parliamentary proceedings

—application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration to initiation of any proceeding, 95-99

—limitations on participation before registration, 13

Partners of Members [see Spouses of Members]

Pensions, 59

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA), 1, 2, 3, 17, 29, 30, 33, 42, 47, 59, 62, note p 25

Professional bodies, &c.

—effect of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration on Members sponsored by or representing, 100

—registration of sponsorship by, 29

Property; registration of, 50-53

Public bodies, donations from, 42

Public Petitions

—declaration of interest, 76

—effect of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 95-98

Questions; declaration of interest and, 78, 87

Rectification procedure, 108

Register of Members' Interests

—inspection, 18

—period within which Members are required to register, 13

—publication of, 18

—purpose of, 8, 11-12, 57, 63-64

—reference by Member to entry in, as means of declaration, 76, 80, 82

[Resolutions relating thereto, pages 42-44]

Registrar of Members' Financial Interests, 3, 9, 31, 32, 62, 99, note p 25,

Registration form, 13

Registration of Interests

  Categories of registration—

1.  directorships, 19-23

2.  remunerated employment, office, profession &c., 24-26

3.  clients, 27-28

4.  sponsorships, 29-36

5.  gifts, benefits & hospitality (UK), 37-45

6.  overseas visits, 46-48

7.  overseas benefits and gifts, 49

8.  land and property, 50-53

9.  shareholdings, 54-59

10.  controlled transactions within PPERA, 60-62

11.   miscellaneous, 63-64

12. family members employed and remunerated through parliamentary allowances, 65

—agreements for provision of services, deposit, 66-71

—duties of Members in respect of, 13-17

—limitations on parliamentary actions of Member prior to notification to Commissioner, 14

—relationship of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration to, 95, 99(i)

—threshold for registration, 19

"Remuneration"; definition for purposes of Register, 17

Research or secretarial assistance; registration of free or subsidised, 33

[see also "Ballot bills"]

Rewards to Members; Resolution of 22 June 1858, page 45

Select Committee on Standards in Public Life

—guidance in respect of application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 95

—guidance in respect of agreements for the provision of services, 68

[Resolution approving Second Report, Session

1994-95, etc., page 46]

Select Committees

—application of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 84

—declaration of interest in, 76, 83 [Resolution, page 43]

Shareholdings; registration of, 54-59

Speaker, The

—declaration of interest by Members when making certain applications to, 82

—has declined to receive certain points of order relating to registration and ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 101

Speeches

—ban on lobbying for reward or consideration and, 89-101

—declaration of interest in, 71-77

—limitation upon, prior to registration, 14

Spouses of Members

—and ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 99(5)

—registration of shareholdings, 54-59

—rules of registration applying to, 36- 59

Staff associations

—effect of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration on Members representing, 96, 100

—registration of sponsorship by, 29

Standards in Public Life; Resolution of 6 November 1995, page 46

Supplementary questions; declaration of interest and, 87 [Resolution, page 42]

"Ten-minute rule" motions

—declaration of interest, 77-78

—effect of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration, 96-98

Tickets to sporting or cultural events, &c.; registration, 37

Trade associations; effect of ban on lobbying for reward or consideration on Members representing, 100

Trade unions; registration of sponsorship by, 29

Trusts

  donations from, 36

  registration of, 57

Unremunerated interests; registration, 63-64

Urgent Questions; declaration of interest, 78-81

Written notices; declaration of interest when giving, 78-8


 
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