Thursday 12th May 2022

(1 week, 6 days ago)

Lords Chamber
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Motion to Agree
11:07
Moved by
Baroness Manningham-Buller Portrait Baroness Manningham-Buller
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That the Report from the Select Committee The conduct of Lord Pendry (8th Report, Session 2021-22, HL Paper 194) be agreed to.

Baroness Manningham-Buller Portrait Baroness Manningham-Buller (CB)
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My Lords, I draw the House’s attention to Standing Order 68, which states that Motions on reports

“resulting from an investigation under the Code of Conduct”

must be “decided without debate”. I therefore cannot take questions.

The report upholds the findings of the Commissioner for Standards that the noble Lord, Lord Pendry, breached the Code of Conduct by bullying a member of staff in the Parliamentary Security Department. The committee considered an appeal by the noble Lord against this finding but dismissed it unanimously. The report recommends that he be suspended from the service of this House for a period of one week. The committee agreed with the commissioner that a sentence of suspension was proportionate and necessary in response to his conduct and the effect it had on the complainant. I beg to move.

Motion agreed.