Commons Select Committee on Standards


The Commons Select Committee on Standards is appointed by the House of Commons to oversee the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

The House of Commons may suspend an MP following a report by the Committee. Under the Recall of MPs Act 2015, if the period of suspension is at least 14 calendar days or 10 sitting days, the Speaker informs the constituency's petitions officer, who then orders a recall petition, which may result in the MP losing their seat.


It came into being on 7 January 2013 as one half of the replacements for the Committee on Standards and Privileges. The latter committee was divided into the Committee on Standards and Committee of Privileges in order that the Standards Committee might employ lay members.

Planned reforms in the wake of the Owen Paterson affair in November 2021, proposed removing the lay members entirely, which would leave the Conservatives with a majority of control. MPs voted in favour of, as well as overruling the 30-day suspension advised by the Committee, widespread reforms to the Committee by a 250-232 vote. However, these reforms, amid public and party criticism, were abandoned the following day.


The Committee and its composition are regulated by House of Commons standing orders 149 and 149A, which specify that it shall consist of seven MPs and seven lay members. Lay members, who cannot ever have been members of either house of Parliament, serve a term of six years, which is not ended by a dissolution, and cannot serve a second term. As of September 2020, the MPs on the committee are as follows:[1]

Member Party Constituency
Chris Bryant MP (Chair) Labour Rhondda
Alberto Costa MP Conservative South Leicestershire
Andy Carter MP Conservative Warrington South
Anne McLaughlin MP Scottish National Party Glasgow North East
Sir Bernard Jenkin MP Conservative Harwich and North Essex
Chris Elmore MP Labour Ogmore
Mark Fletcher MP Conservative Bolsover
Tammy Banks Lay member
Jane Burgess Lay member
Rita Dexter Lay member
Mehmuda Mian Lay member
Arun Midha Lay member
Michael Maguire Lay member
Paul Thorogood Lay member

External links

  • The Committee's website


  1. ^ "Committee on Standards - Membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 15 May 2021.