Complaint of Privilege

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral 12:00 am, 20th April 1972

I want now to rule on the question of privilege. Yesterday the hon. Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Mrs. Knight) laid a complaint of breach of privilege arising out of a report in yesterday's Daily Express which purported to describe the intentions of two hon. Members following sentences pronounced by a court of law.

It is not for me to say whether the intentions to which the Daily Express paragraph refers would constitute a contravention of the laws of privilege. My duty is to rule whether in my view the hon. Lady's complaint should be given precedence as a privilege issue over today's business.

In my opinion, having taken into account all the circumstances, I do not think the matter can be given that priority now.

Photo of Mrs Jill Knight Mrs Jill Knight , Birmingham, Edgbaston

May I say that I am grateful to you, Mr. Speaker, for the ruling and appreciate that no breach of privilege, in fact, exists when a person claims privilege which does——

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

Order. I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her appreciation but I do not think I can allow her at this stage to enter into any discussion of this or, indeed, of any hypothetical situation.