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Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925: Enforcement

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL3954, tabled on 10 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 is enforced.

Answered on

15 November 2021

It is against the law to 'sell' honours or peerages - offering cash for awards - under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.

Honours are earned, not bought, and the Government does not endorse the use of fee-charging services when submitting nominations. All honours nominations are independently validated and assessed, regardless of the source.

The House of Lords Appointments Commission is an independent non-statutory advisory body with responsibility for vetting nominations for life peers in line with its published criteria.

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Cabinet Office