Public office holders, Members of the House of Commons and their family members may be offered, by a variety of donors and in a range of situations, gifts that may include:
- Consumer goods such as books, flowers, artwork, furniture or wine
- Property such as vehicles, offices, houses or cottages
- The use of property or facilities at a reduced rate or no cost
- Membership in a club or other organization at a reduced rate or no cost
- Services, such as dry cleaning or a haircut, at a reduced rate or no cost
- Donations to a charity made in the public office holder’s or Member’s name or in the name of a family member
- Meals paid for by another individual or organization
- Invitations or tickets to attend an event, such as a sports match, gala, concert, play or fundraiser, at a reduced rate or no cost.
Public office holders and Members must consider the rules in the Conflict of Interest Act and the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons before they or their family members accept any gifts.
Both regimes prohibit public office holders, Members and their family members from accepting any gift that might reasonably be seen to have been given to influence the public office holders or Members, with certain exceptions. They also set out disclosure and public declaration requirements for accepted gifts.