- Standards and Privileges Committee
"Committee of Privileges" redirects here. For the similarly named body in the House of Lords, see Committee for Privileges and Conduct.
The Standards and Privileges Committee of the United Kingdom House of Commons was established in 1995 to replace the earlier Committee of Privileges. Ten Members of Parliament sit to make recommendations to the House on complaints of breach of Parliamentary privilege.
The Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to oversee the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. It examines the arrangements for the compilation, maintenance and accessibility of the Register of Members' Interests and considers specific complaints made in relation to the registering or declaring of interests and 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.
On the 9th of December 2010 Geoff Hoon along with Stephen Byers and Richard Caborn were banned from entering the Parliamentary estate; the Committee banned Geoff Hoon for five years as his was the most serious breach, whilst Byers received two years and Caborn six months. This was due to the 2010 Cash for Influence Scandal
As of 22 November 2010, the members of the committee are as follows:
Member Party Constituency Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP (Chair) Labour Rother Valley Sir Paul Beresford MP Conservative Mole Valley Tom Blenkinsop MP Labour Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Annette Brooke MP Liberal Democrat Mid Dorset and North Poole Tom Clarke MP Labour Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill Geoffrey Cox MP Conservative Torridge and West Devon Matthew Hancock Conservative West Suffolk Oliver Heald MP Conservative North East Hertfordshire Heather Wheeler MP Conservative South Derbyshire Alan Whitehead MP Labour Southampton Test
Source: Standards and Privileges Committee
Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Selection Committee. Such changes are shown below.
Date Outgoing Member
Constituency → New Member
Constituency Source 19 October 2010 Eric Ollerenshaw (Conservative) Lancaster and Fleetwood → Matthew Hancock (Conservative) West Suffolk Hansard 22 November 2010 Jim Cunningham MP (Labour) Coventry South → Tom Blenkinsop MP (Labour) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Hansard
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- Standards and Privileges committee at the UK Parliament website
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