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MPs' outside interests: Committee announces short review

The independent Committee on Standards in Public Life has today announced a short review on the subject of MPs' outside interests.

Lord Bew, Chair of the independent Committee on Standards in Public Life, said:

The Committee met today and discussed the subject of MPs’ outside interests.

We will make a further submission on ‘reasonable limits’ for outside interests to the Commons Committee on Standards’ on-going inquiry into the Code of Conduct for MPs. We will be holding a short review to inform our submission. Given the public interest in these issues, we welcome contributions from all interested parties. The Terms of Reference will be available on our website next week.

It is for the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, and the House of Commons Committee on Standards to rule on individual cases.

Notes to Editors

  1. You can follow the Committee on twitter @PublicStandards or e-mail
  2. The independent Committee on Standards in Public Life advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK. It monitors and reports on issues relating to the standards of conduct of all public office holders.
  3. The Committee made a number of recommendations on MPs’ outside interests as part of its inquiry into MPs’ expenses in 2009.
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