The Conduct Of Viscount
1. The Committee has considered reports by the
Sub-Committee on Lords' Conduct and the Commissioner for Standards
on the conduct of Viscount Ridley (annexed to this report). The
reports arise out of a complaint, received on 24 October 2013,
alleging that Viscount Ridley had breached the Code of Conduct
by not declaring his interests in the Weir Group and Rio Tinto
when speaking on the Energy Bill.
2. The Commissioner found that Viscount Ridley
had breached the Code of Conduct by failing to declare his financial
interests in a comprehensible, specific and unambiguous manner
when speaking on the Bill. Viscount Ridley accepted this finding
and took appropriate remedial action by way of a formal apology
to the chairman of the Sub-Committee on Lords' Conduct and by
apologising in a subsequent speech in the House on the Bill.
3. The Sub-Committee on Lords' Conduct, to which,
in accordance with the Guide to the Code of Conduct, the Commissioner
presents his reports, has accepted the Commissioner's conclusion
and the remedial action by Viscount Ridley.
4. We endorse the Commissioner's conclusion and
that of the Sub-Committee, and conclude that no further action
5. We make this Report to the House for information.