Implications of the Dame Laura Cox report for the House’s standards system: Initial proposals Contents

Committee on Standards

The Committee on Standards 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’ Financial 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

Kate Green MP (Labour, Stretford and Urmston) (Chair)

Mrs Tammy Banks (Lay member)

Mrs Jane Burgess (Lay member)

Miss Charmaine Burton (Lay member)

Douglas Chapman MP (Scottish National Party, Dunfermline and West Fife)

Sir Christopher Chope MP (Conservative, Christchurch)

Mrs Rita Dexter (Lay member)

Dr Arun Midha (Lay member)

Bridget Phillipson MP (Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South)

Sir Peter Rubin (Lay member)

John Stevenson MP (Conservative, Carlisle)

Mr Gary Streeter MP (Conservative, South West Devon)

Mr Paul Thorogood (Lay member)

Powers

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.

Publications

Committee reports are published on the Committee’s website at www.parliament.uk/standards and in print by Order of the House. Evidence relating to this report is published on the publications page of the Committee’s website.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Robin James (Clerk), Medha Bhasin (Second Clerk) and Jim Camp (Committee Assistant).

Contacts

All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Committee on Standards, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 3259; the Committee’s email address is standards@parliament.uk.





Published: 10 December 2018