“MPs who are accused of cheating on their expenses will be able to remain anonymous under rules it has emerged, just after a record ban was handed to Ian Paisley after he went holidays funded by Sri Lankan Government.
The Government has been accused of trying to push through the change under the radar.
It would hide the names of all MPs under investigation and the Government has been accused of “protecting the sensitiveness of politicians”.
Since the expenses scandal in 2008, all MPs under inquiry are automatically published on the website of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
The new system would mean the process would be anonymous.
Further, the commissioner would not be required anymore to automatically publish the verdicts.
However, the Commissioner could decide to make decisions and complaints public if it is deemed to be in the public interest.
Ian Paisley was handed a record 30-day suspension from the House of Commons after it was revealed by the Daily Telegraph he went on two family holidays funded by the Sri Lankan government.
If the new change was already implemented the public may not have found out about the case of Mr Paisley.
Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the Commons, published the results as she is also head of a cross-party group set up last year after the sexual harassment scandal.
The Committee on Standards, that analyses complaints made against MPs, has said it does not agree with the decision and opposes it.
It aims to table an amendment to block the changes before a vote by members.
The Committee said: “Any decision to step back from this will be perceived as conducting investigations in secret and a radical departure from a commitment to openness and transparency.
“It is important to publish at least a summary of each case she has concluded so that it can be shown that justice has been done and that MPs are accountable.”
Kevin Barron, the chair of the Standards Committee, said: “It would be a huge step backwards in terms of transparency to block the publication of all disciplinary cases, including cases outside of the new code for things, such as incorrect use of stationery or abuse of their expenses.”
The commissioner’s inquiries this year have included Jeremy Hunt and Craig Mackinlay.
Sir Alistair Graham, the former chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, said it would “seriously undermine our democratic system”.