V1.283 Ombudsman

The Parliamentary Ombudsman

The Parliamentary Ombudsman (or the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration) may act upon a written complaint made to an MP by a member of the public who claims to have suffered injustice as a consequence of maladministration, where the complaint is referred by an MP with the consent of the person who made it1.

The jurisdiction of the Ombudsman is defined by law2; there are certain departments which he may investigate3, and certain matters which he may not investigate4. In particular, the Ombudsman may not investigate any matter in respect of which the person aggrieved has, or had, any right of remedy or appeal5.

Where the exercise of a discretion is vested in a government department or other authority, the Ombudsman is unable to question the merits of a decision taken without

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