Occasion of declaration

5.11The House has always recognised that there are certain proceedings where declaration of interest may not be practicable, for example during oral questions or in the case of exchanges following a ministerial statement or an urgent question.1 Members are, however, advised to declare any relevant interest where such a declaration does not unduly impede the business of the House, including interventions.2

In debate a declaration should be succinct but should provide sufficient information to convey the nature of the interest without the listener or reader having to have recourse to the Register or other publication.3 A Member should declare an interest when it is most relevant to do so, normally at the beginning of their remarks.4 Where a Member has omitted to make a declaration, they should correct the record by making the necessary declaration on a point of order as soon as possible.5

The rule on declaration applies not only to debates in the House, but to almost all proceedings of the House or its committees in which Members have an opportunity to speak, such as debates in general committees,6 or presentation of a public petition.

Footnotes

  1. 1. See, for example, HC Deb (15 March 2005) 432, c 136.
  2. 2. HC 1076 (2014–15) Guide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members, p 34; HC Deb (1 May 2018) 640, c 227.
  3. 3. HC 1076 (2014–15) Guide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members, p 33.
  4. 4. HC 1076 (2014–15) Guide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members, Ch 2.
  5. 5. HC Deb (24 July 2018) 645, c 982.
  6. 6. Stg Co Proceedings (1986–87) Co A (Local Government Bill) c 4.