The House of Lords privileges committee yesterday gave a clear flavour of its plans for keeping naughty peers in line, publishing a guide to a new code of conduct.
The new code is meant to come in to effect later this year. It wil prohibit ‘parliamentary consultancies’ and introduce new rules on declaring interests when tabling questions and motions.
Crucially, for the first time, Lords will be required to sign an undertaking to abide by the code of conduct at the start of each Parliament.
Even Gordon Prentice MP says this is progress – of sorts: ‘Slowly but surely we are getting there.’