The Standards and Privileges Committee
of the United Kingdom House of Commons
was established in 1995 to replace the earlier Committee of Privileges
. Ten Members of Parliament
sit to make recommendations to the House on complaints of breach of Parliamentary privilege
The Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to oversee the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
. It examines the arrangements for the compilation, maintenance and accessibility of the Register of Members' Interests and considers specific complaints made in relation to the registering or declaring of interests and any matter relating to the conduct of Members, including specific complaints in relation to alleged breaches in the Code of Conduct which have been drawn to the Committee's attention by the Commissioner.
On the 9th of December 2010 Geoff Hoon
along with Stephen Byers
and Richard Caborn
were banned from entering the Parliamentary estate; the Committee
banned Geoff Hoon for five years as his was the most serious breach, whilst Byers received two years and Caborn six months. This was due to the 2010 Cash for Influence Scandal
As of 22 November 2010, the members of the committee are as follows:
Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Selection Committee
. Such changes are shown below.