The Committee’s purpose is to examine areas of concern about the standards of conduct of public office holders, advise the Prime Minister accordingly, and to promote the highest standards of conduct across public life.
In this report, we describe how we have carried out these activities in areas that have been our priorities in the period July 2018 – June 2019.
In 2018-19 the Committee published the reports of its reviews into local government ethical standards and MPs outside interests.
In March 2019, we launched a new review into AI and public standards - to explore whether the existing frameworks and regulations in relation to AI are sufficient to ensure that high standards of conduct are upheld as the use of these technologies becomes more widespread.
We have also been working actively to follow up our December 2017 report, Intimidation in public life - a review the Committee undertook at the request of the Prime Minister in July 2017.
During this reporting year, the Committee has continued to take a close and serious interest in the issue of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment in Westminster, first reported in autumn 2017, monitoring the response of the Parliamentary authorities.