The peers, Labour’s Lord Mackenzie and Ulster Unionist Lord Laird, will receive six-month and four-month suspension from parliamentary work respectively as offered by the Lords Conduct Committee after they were recorded by undercover reporters offering paid parliamentary work, the Sunday Times revealed.
They were exposed following an investigation carried out by reporters who posed as consultants from a fictitious South Korean energy firm, the paper reported, adding that the peers discussed the creation of an all-party group on solar energy with the journalists.
In a separate inquiry carried out by the BBC Panorama programme and The Sunday Telegraph , Lord Laird is seen trying to establish an all-party group on Fiji.
Two other authorities - Lord Cunningham, a former Labour cabinet minister, and former Labour minister Lord O'Neill - were also involved in the investigation but were cleared of breaching the rules.
After the undercover investigation, all four referred themselves to the Lords Commissioner for Standards.
Lord Mackenzie extended an apology for any “unwitting” breaches of the Lords Code of Conduct.
“There was no financial gain by me and all of this resulted from a 45-minute conversation which was not instigated by me,” he claimed.
The Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt said the party leadership will reflect on the report from the Committee before deciding what happens after Lord Laird’s ban is lifted.
“This is a severe sanction, reflecting a very serious lapse in judgment by Lord Laird,” he said.