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

Relevant laws, case reports by the Commissioner, and the codes of ethics for ministers, members of Parliament 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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Standards Commissioner reaffirms that ministers should not issue partisan statements through DOI

Standards Commissioner reaffirms that ministers should not issue partisan statements through DOI

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a report on a complaint by Dr Andrew Borg Cardona alleging that a press statement issued by the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government through the Department of Information (DOI) constituted inappropriate use of public resources because it was political in nature. The ministerial statement...
Ministers should not use DOI for personal or partisan press statements – Standards Commissioner

Ministers should not use DOI for personal or partisan press statements – Standards Commissioner

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a report calling on ministers and the Department of Information (DOI) not to issue press statements that are unrelated to official matters or that are partisan in tone. The Commissioner’s report deals with a press statement issued by the Ministry for Tourism through the DOI on...
Standards Commissioner says the practice of giving government jobs to backbench MPs is “fundamentally wrong” and should end

Standards Commissioner says the practice of giving government jobs to backbench MPs is “fundamentally wrong” and should end

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a report calling for an end to the practice of giving backbench members of Parliament jobs or consultancies with the government. The report describes the practice as “fundamentally wrong”. The Commissioner concluded that this practice dilutes Parliament’s role of scrutinising the executive; goes against the underlying...