Press Release

Committee to Review Assembly Code of Conduct

Session: 2013/2014

Date: Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Reference: CS&P 01/13/14

The Committee on Standards and Privileges has announced that it is to carry out a review of the Assembly’s Code of Conduct and is calling on members of the public to submit their views.

Committee Chairperson, Alastair Ross MLA, said “The Assembly Code of Conduct was last reviewed in 2009 and the Committee is obviously keen to ensure that this important document is reviewed and evaluated on a regular basis.  

“As public servants, we must be accountable, transparent and be seen to act with integrity at all times. This review is an important opportunity for the public to have their say and to ensure that the new Code of Conduct is relevant, clear and enforceable.

Mr Ross concluded:I would urge anyone who has an opinion on what rules should apply to MLAs to make their views known. The Code of Conduct can fulfil its purpose only if the standards it sets for MLAs are understood and endorsed across the local community.”

Notes to Editors:

-  The closing date for members of the public to submit their views on the Review of the Code of Conduct is Friday 16 May 2014.

- Further information the Terms of reference and how to respond  to the inquiry as well as an issues paper can be found on the Northern Ireland Assembly website via the following link

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