Oversight and advice

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5.28The operation of the Code of Conduct and Guide to the Code of Conduct is overseen by the Conduct Committee which has nine members including four lay members.A1 The Committee keeps the Code and the Guide under regular review. Any recommendation for change to the Code or Guide must be reported through the Committee to the House and no change can take effect until agreed by the House.1

The Registrar of Lords' Interests advises Members of the House. A Member of the Lords who acts on the advice of the Registrar in determining what is a relevant interest satisfies fully the requirements of the Code of Conduct in that regard.2 The Registrar is also available to advise Lords Members on other matters relating to the Code. However, as paragraph 27 of the Code states, the final responsibility for deciding whether or not to participate in proceedings to which a particular interest is relevant rests with the Member concerned.

Footnotes

  1. 1. Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Lords, para 28. On 30 April 2019, the House of Lords agreed to establish a separate Conduct Committee with lay members, see para 5.2.
  2. 2. Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Lords, para 27.
  3. A1. The House agreed to appoint a new Conduct Committee with lay members on 30 April 2019, HL Deb (30 April 2019) 797, cc 862–87; before then the Code of Conduct was overseen by the Committee for Privileges and Conduct.