Parliamentary Privilege

Part of Leader of the House – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 22nd January 2009.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 10:30 am, 22nd January 2009

I am pleased that the Deputy Leader of the House rightly considers parliamentary privilege to be essential, critical and vital if Members of Parliament are to carry out their duties and responsibilities without fear, hindrance or favour, but does he not agree that implementation of the statement made some while ago by Mr. Speaker that a Committee should be set up to look into this matter is very long overdue? Bearing in mind not only the case of my hon. Friend Damian Green but the more recent case—I am not entering into its merits—of my hon. Friend Daniel Kawczynski, it clearly is time that the House had an opportunity to look deeply at how parliamentary privilege might be safeguarded.

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