Speaker's Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:32 pm on 3rd December 2008.

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Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard Conservative, Folkestone and Hythe 2:32 pm, 3rd December 2008

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I thank you for your statement, thank you for the debate and welcome your decision to set up the Committee. You, Sir, will readily appreciate the outrage that was felt on both sides of the House about the attack on the ability of one of its Members to do the job he was sent here to do—to represent his constituents and to hold the Government to account.

You will be aware, of course, that what happened last Thursday was not simply a search of his premises, serious though that was, but the removal of his computers containing his constituency casework, the removal of his mobile telephone and the disconnection of the telephones at his constituency home. This attack was entirely without precedent, and is—

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