Originally applying to senior staff members and selected Members the term Officer of the House has now been applied to statutory officers such as the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.
A Joint Committee of both Houses into the Draft Corruption Bill (in 2003-04 session) produced an alternative approach which challenged the description of corruption at the heart of the Draft Bill, and invited 'the Home Office to bring forward a revised Bill'. In view of this recommendation it seems unlikely that new Corruption legislation will be presented in the Government's programme for 2003-04. This Note considers the main issues and criticisms of the Bill raised by the Committee.
This Note examines the history of religious disabilities (as applied against Roman Catholics, nonconformists, and non-Christian religions) as they affected Ministers of the Crown and Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, together with the current situation relating to them.