The Committee on Standards and Privileges
has agreed to the following Report:
REGISTRATION OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS
WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN THEIR SEAT
1. Following the decision of the House on 18 December
2001 that Members who had chosen not to taken their seat might
use the facilities of the House and claim certain allowances,
we have considered the position of such Members in relation to
the Code of Conduct and the rules on registration and declaration
of interests. We have received a memorandum from the Clerk of
the House which is appended to this Report.
2. We agree with the Clerk's advice that the Code
and the rules apply to all Members whether they have taken their
seat or not.
3. We note that paragraph 10 of The Guide to the
Rules provides that
"Members of Parliament are required to complete
a registration form and submit it to the Commissioner for Standards
within three months of taking their seats ..."
We recommend that the rules be amended so that
Members are required to submit their registration form within
three months of their election to the House.