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The Conduct of Lord Bhatia

The Conduct of Lord Bhatia

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HOUSE OF LORDSCommittee for Privileges and Conduct5th Report of Session 2010–11
The Conduct of Lord Bhatia
Ordered to be printed 14 October 2010Published by the Authority of the House of Lords
 London
: The Stationery Office Limited£priceHL Paper 38
 
2 5TH RPT FROM THE COMMITTEE FOR PRIVILEGES AND CONDUCT
The Committee for Privileges and Conduct 
The Committee for Privileges and Conduct is appointed each session by the House to considerquestions regarding its privileges and claims of peerage and precedence and to oversee theoperation of the Code of Conduct. Detailed consideration of matters relating to the Code of Conduct is undertaken by the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct.
Current Membership
The Members of the Committee for Privileges and Conduct are:Baroness Anelay of St JohnsLord Bassam of BrightonLord Brabazon of Tara (
Chairman
)Lord Brooke of Sutton MandevilleBaroness D’SouzaLord EamesLord Graham of EdmontonLord Howe of AberavonLord Irvine of LairgLord Mackay of ClashfernLord McNallyBaroness Manningham-BullerBaroness Royall of BlaisdonLord Scott of FoscoteLord Shutt of GreetlandLord StrathclydeThe Members of the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct are:Lord Cope of BerkeleyLord DholakiaLord Irvine of LairgBaroness Manningham-Buller (
Chairman
)Baroness O’Neill of BengarveThe Code of Conduct and the up-to-date Register of Lords’ Interests are on the Internet athttp://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldreg.htm.
General Information
General information about the House of Lords and its Committees can be found athttp://www.parliament.uk/lords/index.cfm.
Contacts
General correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Committee for Privileges andConduct, House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW (telephone 020 7219 8796).Correspondence relating to the work of the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct should beaddressed to the Clerk of the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct, House of Lords, London SW1A0PW (telephone 020 7219 8750).
 
5TH RPT FROM THE COMMITTEE FOR PRIVILEGES AND CONDUCT 3
CONTENTS
Paragraph Page 
The Conduct of Lord Bhatia
 
7
Introduction
1
7
Process
4
7
The Sub-Committee’s findings
11
9
Lord Bhatia’s appeal
21
10
Burden of proof
22
10
Procedural inadequacies
23
10
The House Committee criteria
24
11
Facts of the case
25
11
Disproportionality
26
11
Evidence taken before the Committee for Privileges andConduct
27
11
Repayment and apology
28
11
The views of the Committee
30
12
The standard of proof
30
12
Procedural inadequacies
37
13
The House Committee criteria
41
13
Facts of the case
43
14
Good faith
52
16
Sanction
57
16
Appendix: Report from the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct
 
18
EVIDENCEEvidence considered by the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct
Documents Relating to the Members’ Reimbursement Scheme
 House of Lords Journals 25 July 1991
1
  House of Lords Journals 10 November 2004
2
  Members’ Reimbursement Allowance Scheme General Guide Fifth Edition October 2005
2
  Members’ Reimbursement Allowance Scheme Quick Guide September 2005
14
 The Clerk of the Parliaments’ Guidance on the Investigation of Complaintsrelating to Members’ Expenses published on 20 October 2009
15
Published Extract from the Minute of the House Committee Meeting of 2 January 2010
16
The Clerk of the Parliaments’ Report on Lord Rennard Published on 20October 2009
17
The Clerk of the Parliaments’ Reports on Nine Members Published 9February 2010
18
The Clerk of the Parliaments’ Reports on Four Members published 31 March 2010
21

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