The Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority ('Compliance Officer') is an independent statutory office holder. He is responsible for investigating complaints regarding MPs' business costs and expenses paid to MPs by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority ('IPSA').
The post of Compliance Officer was established by the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 (as amended by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010) and the Compliance Officer’s duties and powers are defined in the Act.
The Compliance Officer reports to, but is not directed by, IPSA's Board, who also provide funding for the Compliance Officer to carry out his duties, in accordance with the Act. However, the Compliance Officer is wholly independent from IPSA on a day-today basis, although a close working relationship is necessitated.
The Compliance Officer is appointed for a single term of five years. The position is part-time, working two days per week and is supported by an Investigations Officer who is also part-time and performs the role for three days per week.
Peter Davis was in the post between December 2011 and December 2016. Andy McDonald will take up office on 8 January 2017. You can find out more about Andy McDonald here.
The Compliance Officer maintains regular dialogue with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, the Metropolitan Police and the Serjeant at Arms.
You can view details of all claims made by MPs for business costs and expenses on IPSA's publication website.
The Compliance Officer's remit is defined in statute and is to:
- conduct an investigation if he has reason to believe that an MP may have been paid an amount under the MPs' Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (the Scheme) that should not have been allowed; and
- at the request of an MP, to review a decision by IPSA to refuse reimbursement for an expense claim, in whole or in part.
The Acts governing IPSA and the Compliance Officer for IPSA can be found below:
Investigations and reviews are conducted by the Compliance Officer under the Procedures for Investigations by the Compliance Officer for IPSA. These procedures are provided by IPSA to the Compliance Officer. Details of consultations held by IPSA relating to these procedures can be found on IPSA's website.
What we don't do
The Compliance Officer is not responsible for investigating complaints relating to the registration of financial interests held by MPs or the investigation of allegations that MPs have breached the rules set out in the House of Commons Code of Conduct. For more information on complaints of this nature, please contact the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.