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Conflict of interest

A conflict of interest may occur in any situation where a parliamentarian's duties to the public are affected by his or her own private interests.

MPs must inform the House of their private and financial interests by declaring them in the Register of Members' Interests.

Similarly, peers must inform the House of Lords of their private and financial interests by declaring them in the Register of Lords' Interests.

When taking part in parliamentary debates, MPs and peers must declare their relevant interests before they speak.




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