The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life

investigates breaches of ethical standards by ministers, members of Parliament and persons of trust, and contributes to the improvement of standards of behaviour in public life.

Complaints

You can complain to the Standards Commissioner about unethical behaviour by ministers, members of Parliament or persons of trust.

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Resources

Case reports and other documents issued by the Commissioner, and the codes of ethics for ministers, MPs and persons of trust.

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Standards Committee

Parliament’s Standards Committee oversees the activities of the Commissioner. It is chaired by the Speaker of the House.

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Ministers should not give improper advantages to private operators

Ministers should not give improper advantages to private operators

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has said that when ministers support initiatives by private operators, they should be careful to avoid crossing the line between providing appropriate official assistance and giving an improper advantage. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering a complaint by the NGO Repubblika against Minister Julia Farrugia...
Commissioner for Standards releases proposals on the regulation of lobbying

Commissioner for Standards releases proposals on the regulation of lobbying

Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, has published a consultation paper setting out proposals to regulate lobbying. This is in keeping with the Standards in Public Life Act, which obliges him to make recommendations concerning the regulation of lobbying. The term “lobbying” refers to efforts by private individuals and entities to influence...
Ministers should meet entrepreneurs in formal settings and in the presence of officials

Ministers should meet entrepreneurs in formal settings and in the presence of officials

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, Dr George Hyzler, has said that “It inevitably raises suspicions if a minister meets a person with extensive business interests, on his own, informally and with too much familiarity.” In such cases it would be more advisable to hold a formal meeting with officials present. The Commissioner for...