Motion to Agree
My Lords, today the House is being asked to approve revised guidance and explanatory notes for Refreshment Department functions as proposed by the Refreshment Committee and approved by the House Committee. The Refreshment Committee initiated its review to make the guidance clearer and to ensure that it stood comparison with the guidance in the House of Commons. The resulting guidance and explanatory notes are set out on page 4 of the House Committee report. The one significant difference from the existing guidance is that Members will not be able to sponsor promotional functions for companies in which they have a direct pecuniary interest.
I believe that the revised guidance is much clearer than the existing guidance and that Members will find the new explanatory notes helpful. Along with the policy of publishing details of all functions online as a matter of course, the guidance will result in a robust and transparent system in which both Members and the general public can have full confidence. I beg to move.