Parliamentary Privilege

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 9 December 2008.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice 2:30, 9 December 2008

The interaction between the judicial system and parliamentary privilege is well settled, and specifically defined in the sub judice rules of Parliament. The rules were extensively revised by this House in November 2001, following the recommendations by the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege, and set out on page 437 of the current edition of "Erskine May". The issue occasionally arises incidentally in ministerial discussions but, as it is a matter for Parliament and not for the Executive, I can recall no occasion on which it has been an agenda item for ministerial deliberation.