The Complaints Procedure
The Committee began considering options for dealing with complaints in July 1999. Early considerations were:
- the unique provisions of the Government of Wales Act 1998, which make it a criminal offence to participate in proceedings whilst failing to declare/register an interest;
- the precise role of the Presiding Officer (standing orders place him in the first line for receiving complaints);
- the types of complaints that the Committee could/should consider and
- the Committee's relationship with an independent adviser on standards.
The final version of the Complaints Procedure was considered and approved by the Standards Committee on 6th July 2000. This procedure is published and can be viewed here. In addition, the Committee produced the leaflet "How to Complain" as a guide to making a complaint to the Assembly.
Complaints Referred to Committee by the Presiding Officer
Reports completed in respect of all complaints formally considered by the Committee on Standards of Conduct are published and laid before the Assembly and can be viewed on this site as a Standards Committee Report