ANNEX 1: REPORT FROM THE SUB-COMMITTEE
ON LORDS' CONDUCT |
1. The Commissioner for Standards has submitted
the attached report dismissing a complaint made against Lord Blencathra.
2. The complainant alleged that Lord Blencathra provided
parliamentary services to the Government of the Cayman Islands
Office in the United Kingdom. The complainant specified five instances
where it is alleged that occurred, and provided a transcript of
a press conference given by Lord Blencathra in which he spoke
about his role.
3. The Commissioner found Lord Blencathra not to
have breached the Code of Conduct as the instances complained
of did not amount to the provision of parliamentary advice or
4. The Commissioner's findings bring to light an
aspect of the Guide to the Code of Conduct which may need clarifying.
Paragraph 21 bans "influencing Parliament" in return
for payment or other incentive or reward. It goes on to provide
examples of what is prohibited, including "making use of
[a member's] position to arrange meetings with a view to any person
lobbying Members of either House, ministers or officials."
It does not say in terms whether or not members may themselves
lobby ministers or officials in return for payment or other incentive
5. Accordingly, the sub-committee intends to consider
this issue at a forthcoming meeting so that it may advise the
Committee for Privileges and Conduct whether the Guide to the
Code of Conduct should be amended to provide clarity and, if so,
on what terms.