Sitting Members of Parliament who have a UK Criminal Conviction

J C Richards made this Freedom of Information request to House of Commons

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From: J C Richards

15 February 2012

Dear House of Commons,

Please provide details of the number of Members of Parliament, who
are currently sitting in the House, who have a criminal conviction
and for what offence(s).

For clarity I am NOT asking about MPs who have been imprisoned, I
have that information from public source and I am NOT seeking the
names of the Members.

Yours faithfully,

J C Richards

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From: FOICOMMONS
House of Commons

20 February 2012

Dear J C Richards

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below.

This information is not held by the House of Commons. We are not aware of any public authority that would collate this information.

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request, ask the House of Commons to conduct an internal review of this decision. Requests for internal review should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer, Department of HR and Change, House of Commons London SW1 0AA or [House of Commons request email]. Please ensure that you specify the nature of your complaint and any arguments or points that you wish to make.

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Bob Castle
Head of Information Rights and Information Security

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From: J C Richards

20 February 2012

Dear House of Commons,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of
Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of House of Commons's
handling of my FOI request 'Sitting Members of Parliament who have
a UK Criminal Conviction'.

I am advised that no public authority would have the information I
require. I am alarmed that there appears to be no oversight of MPs
and that they could have any number of convictions and the public
would be none the wiser. Please can the review confirm that MPs
convictions are not recorded?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/si...

Yours faithfully,

J C Richards

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From: FOICOMMONS
House of Commons

22 February 2012

Dear Mr Richards

You ask for confirmation that the House of Commons does not hold a record of criminal convictions related to MPs. Please consider it confirmed.

MPs are disqualified from office if they receive a prison sentence of one year or more. Otherwise, there is no requirement to notify the House of Commons of any existing or new conviction.

The relevant public authority departments, such as police organisations and the Criminal Records Bureau (and its equivalents in Scotland and Northern Ireland), will hold records of all convictions but this data may not necessarily include the fact that an individual is now a sitting MP.

While you may not be satisfied with the outcome of your request, I hope that you will accept that the information you are seeking is not available from the House of Commons under FOI.

Yours sincerely

Bob Castle
Head of Information Rights and Information Security House of Commons

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Jim Hardman left an annotation ( 8 January 2014)

Quote-marks So, to surmise... As the employers of every single member of the House of Commons we, the people, are not entitled to know the criminal records of the individual members?

I don't think that's good enough, or even morally correct. I think it's only fitting and proper that the House of Commons collates the requested information and allows us, their employers, to know what criminal offences any MPs have committed. Just as any of us would have to declare to our employers.

Regards.

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jacqui butterworth left an annotation (15 January 2014)

Quote-marks I agree entirely Mr Richards, jacqui Butterworth

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