The Committee on Standards and Privileges has
agreed to the following Report:
COMPLAINTS AGAINST FIVE MEMBERS
1. We have considered a memorandum from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards relating to complaints by Mr John Cryer,
Member for Hornchurch, against Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Member
for Cotswold, Mr Michael Fallon, Member for Sevenoaks, Mr John
Hayes, Member for South Holland and The Deepings, Sir Michael
Spicer, Member for West Worcestershire, and Mr Robert Syms, Member
for Poole. The Commissioner's memorandum is appended to this Report.
2. We agree the Commissioner's report is consistent
with our Seventeenth Report.
We note that the Resolution of the House on declaration of interests,
which we and the Commissioner are required to follow, is framed
in extremely wide termsso wide as to lead to genuine possible
confusion among Members. The House should reflect on this. We
do not consider that minor and inadvertent infringements of the
rules, such as these, and those on which we reported in our Seventeenth
Report, should be treated as misconduct. We note that the Commissioner
did not uphold some complaints relating to declaration.
3. The declaration of an interest does not imply
that there is a conflict of interest, and no conflict (or benefit)
should be inferred even when we have found that an omission has
occurred. We note that Members named in this Report have recognised
and apologised for their omissions, and several have a record
of diligence in matters of declaration.
4. We recommend that no further action be taken.
6 Seventeenth Report, Session 1999-2000, Complaint
against Mr Robert Sheldon, HC 916. Back