Standards and Privileges

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:45 pm on 23rd July 2007.

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Photo of George Young George Young Chair, Standards and Privileges Committee 7:45 pm, 23rd July 2007

I had not planned to intervene but perhaps I could answer the hon. Gentleman's questions. Of course, Members can take legal advice if they are under investigation and both the Committee and the commissioner have access to legal advice if we need it. The hon. Gentleman asked why we had recommended 18 sitting days. If the recommendation had been a month, when we did not know whether the House might be about to adjourn or go into a recess, we would not have been sure for how long the Member would actually be suspended. By setting an 18-day period, it is absolutely clear how many days the Member will not be in the House.

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