Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

5.5The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is appointed to monitor the operation of the Code of Conduct; to maintain the Register of Members' Financial Interests and any other registers approved by the Committee on Standards; to advise that Committee on the interpretation of the Code; to provide confidential advice to Members and others subject to registration; and to investigate, if they think fit, specific matters which have come to their attention relating to the conduct of Members and to report on those investigations to the Committee on Standards.1

The Commissioner is appointed by a resolution of the House for a five-year, non-renewable term, and may be dismissed only by a resolution following a report from the Committee on Standards.2 This is to ensure that the Commissioner can act without fear or favour.


  1. SO No 150.
  2. CJ (2002–03) 489.