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Adherence to the Nolan Principles

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Dear House of Commons,

Please can you outline if MPs are held accountable to the Nolan Principles (the "Seven Principles of Public Life"), and if yes, how this works in practice. Which parliamentary body is responsible for the oversight? Are regular checks conducted, or are they instigated in response to complaints? How are MPs measured against the seven areas?

Could you also please give a case study of when one or more MPs have been held accountable for failing to live up to the principles, the action taken, and the outcome.

Yours faithfully,

Anstey Brock

FOI Commons, Tŷ'r Cyffredin

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From: A Brock <[FOI #736994 email]>
Sent: 15 March 2021 17:28
To: FOI Commons <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Adherence to the Nolan
Principles

 

Dear House of Commons,

Please can you outline if MPs are held accountable to the Nolan Principles
(the "Seven Principles of Public Life"), and if yes, how this works in
practice. Which parliamentary body is responsible for the oversight? Are
regular checks conducted, or are they instigated in response to
complaints? How are MPs measured against the seven areas?

Could you also please give a case study of when one or more MPs have been
held accountable for failing to live up to the principles, the action
taken, and the outcome.

Yours faithfully,

Anstey Brock

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Dear Anstey Brock,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F21-126

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You have asked
five questions about the Nolan Principles, which we have sought to answer
below.

 

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 1. Please can you outline if MPs are held accountable to the Nolan
Principles (the "Seven Principles of Public Life"), and if yes, how
this works in practice.

and

 2. Which parliamentary body is responsible for the oversight?

 

Some information is held in relation to your requests.

 

The Committee on Standards in Public Life, the independent advisory
non-departmental public body that drew up the Seven Principles of Public
Life in 1995, also made a number of related recommendations. This included
the recommendation that all public bodies, including the House of Commons,
should draw up Codes of Conduct incorporating the principles. It also
recommended that the House should appoint a Parliamentary Commissioner for
Standards (PCS) to oversee the already extant Register of Interests and to
investigate allegations of MPs’ breaching the Code of Conduct. These
measures were implemented later in 1995, with the Code of Conduct, among
other provisions, requiring Members to register their interests.

 

The Code of Conduct is publicly available at
[2]https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-....
Information about the PCS and her work, including investigations into
allegations of breaches of the Code of Conduct, is also available at
[3]https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-....
Lastly, the Register of Interests is available at
[4]https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-....

 

 3. Are regular checks conducted, or are they instigated in response to
complaints?

 

Some information is held by the House of Commons in relation to your
request.

 

An investigation is made when an allegation of a breach of the Code of
Conduct is received. These investigations are carried out by the PCS.

 

 4. How are MPs measured against the seven areas?

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons.

 

Members are required to follow the Code of Conduct, which, while written
to incorporate the Seven Principles of Public Life, does not facilitate
measurement against each of the individual principles.

 

 5. Could you also please give a case study of when one or more MPs have
been held accountable for failing to live up to the principles, the
action taken, and the outcome.

 

The House of Commons does not hold any ‘case studies’ relating to your
question.

 

However, as explained above, the Code of Conduct incorporates the Seven
Principles of Public Life and the mechanism for ensuring Members adhere to
the Code of Conduct is through the PCS. The PCS’s publishes information
about allegations made to the her, investigations made into those
allegations and the outcome. You may find any of these examples useful as
a case study. This information is available at
[5]https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-....

 

 

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From: A Brock <[FOI #736994 email]>
Sent: 15 March 2021 17:28
To: FOI Commons <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Adherence to the Nolan
Principles

 

Dear House of Commons,

Please can you outline if MPs are held accountable to the Nolan Principles
(the "Seven Principles of Public Life"), and if yes, how this works in
practice. Which parliamentary body is responsible for the oversight? Are
regular checks conducted, or are they instigated in response to
complaints? How are MPs measured against the seven areas?

Could you also please give a case study of when one or more MPs have been
held accountable for failing to live up to the principles, the action
taken, and the outcome.

Yours faithfully,

Anstey Brock

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