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Standards Board

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in how many, and in what percentage, of the cases that have been referred to the Standards Board for England the Board has found a serious breach of conduct. [111771]

It is for the Adjudication Panel for England to determine whether there has been a breach of the code of conduct.To 30 April 2003 the Standards Board for England had received 3,211 allegations of misconduct. Of these 1,216 (38 per cent.) have been referred for further investigation and, of 569 cases so far completed, 121 (21 per cent. of completed investigations) have been referred to the Adjudication Panel for England. Since January 2003 the Panel have considered 44 cases, of which 38 (86 per cent. of Adjudication Panel Cases) have led to disqualification from office, two (5 per cent.) to suspension, one to a reprimand and in one case no breach was found: of the remainder one was withdrawn and the other case was suspended.