Committee on Standards - Sixth Report
The Standards Systems in the House of Commons

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 4 February 2015.


Terms of Reference


1 The Inquiry

2 Introduction

Trust in Politicians, Parliament, and Politics

The current House of Commons standards system

3 Regulation of MPs

What is an MP?

Rules vs principles in regulation

Regulation vs self-regulation

4 The Committee and the Commissioner

The Committee

Role of the Commissioner  

Role of the Committee in general standards matters

5 The detail of the system

Clarity and availability of rules and guidance  

Guidance to individuals



Administration of the process

6 Media matters

7 Wider Leadership

Leadership: taking standards seriously

Achieving high standards

Formal induction

Facilitating the work of the Committee

In conclusion

Formal Minutes of the Standards Review Sub-Committee

Formal Minutes of the Committee on Standards

Appendix 1: Local Government Standards Regimes in England  

Appendix 2: Parliamentary self-regulation: Australia (House of Commons), Canada (House of Commons), New Zealand and the USA  


Published written evidence  

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