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 Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Deputy Leader of the House of Commons 10:30 am, 22nd January 2009

The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point, not least because the report highlighted the significance of freedom of speech, which is vital to our parliamentary democracy. The report reiterated article 9 of the Bill of Rights of 1689, which says that

"freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament".

There were a series of recommendations. Some of them have been followed through in the business of the House, and some of them have not yet been put into law. The hon. Gentleman perhaps makes a good point about the need for us to have a full debate, so that people can fully understand the nature of parliamentary privilege, which is not quite as some members of the press have suggested it is.

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