The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has published a report from the 'cash for questions' inquiry. The inquiry went into allegations about 25 Members of Parliament (MPs) and was hailed in the Guardian newspaper as 'a constitutional innovation of the first magnitude.' There have nevertheless been reservations about the effectiveness of the Parliamentary Commissioner, given powers and sanctions available. Members and ex-Members are not treated as local councillors and others in public life are and may claim protection of parliamentary privilege. Four proposals have been made for accountability of MPs.
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