Glossary items matching Contempt

“Contempt of Parliament”

Any action taken by either a Member of Parliament or a stranger which obstructs or impedes either Parliament in the performance of its functions, or its Members or staff in the performance of their duties, is a contempt of Parliament. Examples of contempt include giving false evidence to a parliamentary committee, threatening a Member of Parliament, forgery of documents and attempting to bribe members. The Commons has the power to order anyone who has committed a contempt of Parliament to appear at the Bar of the House and to punish the offender. If the offence has been committed by an MP he or she may be suspended or expelled.

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Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Commission.: Coal Industry Commission Bill, (24 Feb 1919)

Mr Edward Shortt: ...High Court. They can subpœna them to bring their books and disclose them for investigation. They can force witnesses to answer, and if a witness does not answer there is power to commit him for contempt of Court, exactly as can a High Court judge. The intention is not only to set up a Committee composed of men who, by their training and experience, are qualified to make this...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Commission Bill.: Clause 2. — (Powers of Commissioners.) (25 Feb 1919)

...following matters: (a) enforcing the attendance of witnesses and examining them on oath, affirmation, or otherwise; and(b) compelling the production of documents; and(c) punishing persons guilty of contempt; and a summons signed by one or more of the Commissioners may be substituted for and shall be equivalent to any formal process capable of being issued in any action for enforcing the...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Commission Bill.: Clause 3. — (Publicity of Proceedings.) (25 Feb 1919)

...allowed to be present discloses, without the authority of the Commissioners, either directly or indirectly, any thing that has taken place at those proceedings, he shall be liable to punishment for contempt of court.

Orders of the Day — Supply. — [First Allotted Day.]: Number of Land Forces. (3 Mar 1919)

Mr James Wignall: I am thankful for the opportunity of contributing a little to this Debate. I am not one of those critics or faultfinders who seek to pour contempt or ridicule upon the system or any branch of the system that exists at the present day, but, being in the fortunate, or unfortunate, position of a Labour Member, I know that when he is elected to Parliament everybody in the constituency flies to...

Orders of the Day — Supply. — [2ND Allotted Day.]: War Indemnities. (5 Mar 1919)

...that peace without victory would not be good for the future of countries in the world. If we give way we are not going to get any gratitude from America; we are much more likely to receive their contempt for having thrown away our just claim. Besides that, President Wilson's policy of indemnities has become a matter of party dispute in America, and I do suggest that it is a very slippery...

Orders of the Day — Naval, Military and Air Force Service Bill. (6 Mar 1919)

...a comrade. That may take a valuable unit out of the fighting line, and it ought to be viewed as such. The man who committed that offence probably did it out of that sort of familiarity which breeds contempt in everything. I do suggest, however, that some commission competent to deal with military questions should decide what is right and wrong should be appointed to inquire into the whole...

Orders of the Day — Supply. — [5TH March].: Vote on Account. (10 Mar 1919)

...January last, and over twenty have had their privileges stopped. That sort of thing ought not to happen. It simply makes decent people boil with rage, puts the whole administration of justice into contempt, and leads to ideas which, I am sure, are wholly false as to the attitude of the Home Office towards these conscientious objectors, and it is nothing but brutality to the prisoners...

Orders of the Day — Major-General Seely's Statement. (13 Mar 1919)

Captain William Benn: ...called the gadgets. But at the present time and during the War, so far as my experience went, the observer was only regarded as a sort of apprentice pilot, and was treated with the very proper contempt with which a journeyman would treat an apprentice. That was all right if he was only a tyro and was going to become a pilot, but by that system you discouraged a large number of people who...

Local Government (Ireland) Bill. (24 Mar 1919)

Mr Edward Carson: Ireland a single opportunity of being heard as to how it is going to work out, treating every community in Ireland—Belfast, Dublin, Cork, or wherever it may be— with the greatest possible contempt as if they were not worthy even to be considered in relation to this matter? It is a-thing which you would not dare to do in. England or Scotland. I ask the House: Is it fair to come down...

Clause 1. — (Power to Prolong Period of Naval, Military, or Air Force Service.) (26 Mar 1919)

Mr Joseph Devlin: ...Coalition the powerful majority which now stands behind them. At all events, when hon. Gentlemen on this side ask for the fulfilment of a governmental pledge they ought not to be treated with the contempt with which they have been treated by the right hon. Gentleman. I cordially agree with the eulogy which was passed upon the right hon. Gentleman's intellectual and rhetorical qualities by...

Orders of the Day — Nurses' Registration Bill. (28 Mar 1919)

Sir Charles Lyle: ...nurse or a children's nurse, but if the children's nurse cannot get on to the register you cast her aside and place her in the same category as the masquerader, for whom we all feel the greatest contempt. Whilst this General Council of forty-one is open to these criticisms, the Provisional Council which is to be set up temporarily, pending the appointment of this other body is infinitely...

Supply. — [7TH Allotted Day.]: Chief Secretary for Ireland. (3 Apr 1919)

Mr Joseph Devlin: ...of your national fortunes, when you were face to face with the most critical situation in the War, played a great and glorious part in the war is absolutely essential for peace. You treat with contempt the judgment and verdict of the British electors on Home Rule twice declared. Have the views of your Colonies expressed in favour of self-government for Ireland dozens of times no concern...

Aliens Restriction Bill (15 Apr 1919)

Mr Horatio Bottomley: ...have in it the makings of a party cry in an election which was looked forward to with much apprehension. Like the right hon. Gentleman here to-day, he could not resist, in passing, expressing his contempt at the spectacle of a great party trying to exploit the weakness and miseries of some of the poorest and weakest of mankind. That it the sort of sentiment which underlies the utterance of...

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means.: Budget Proposals — Income Tax. (1 May 1919)

Mr Horatio Bottomley: ...valuation? Pending its report, there is, I take it, to be no proposal of a revenue character affecting the land. I cannot understand why it is that this great reform of 1909 is treated with such contempt, seeing that during the War we were told in this House, on scores of occasions, that the men engaged in the valuation were occupied on work of such national importance that they could not...

Orders of the Day — Spirits (Excise). (7 May 1919)

Mr Joseph Devlin: ..., and we see nothing but a bench of Ministerial mutes. The right hon. Gentleman was invited the other day in one speech from these benches to explain all these things. He treated our appeal with contempt. I know there is no more courteous Minister in the House of Commons. I am sure that was not his intention, but do right hon. Gentlemen opposite mean to tell me that they are going to get...

Orders of the Day — Civil Services and Revenue Departments Estimates, 1919–20. — [Progress.]: Affairs in Egypt. (15 May 1919)

Captain William Benn: ...given. The hon. Gentleman will, of course, acquit me of any desire to embarrass him personally. There is nothing in the world I would be less ready to do. The House of Commons has been treated with contempt in this matter. Pompous utterances have been made in another House, and when questions are put in this House, those utterances, somewhat deflated, have been circulated to Members with...

Orders of the Day — Local Goveknment (Ireland) Bill.: Clause 1. — (Proportional Representation at Local Elections.) (27 May 1919)

Mr Edward Carson: ...the last part of the Section nullifies the first part, or, at all events, gives the Local Government Board the opportunity of nullifying it. I really regard the whole of this Bill with the greatest contempt. It is the most wretched, miserable Bill, and nobody wants it. That is the reason probably why we get it, but why we should trouble now to prolong this discussion for this production I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Arrest at Westport (John M'loughlin). (29 May 1919)

Mr Jeremiah MacVeagh: ...Officers, and, if not, by whom was it authorised; and whether he is aware that the violation of the law by those responsible for its administration has brought the administration of the law into contempt over a large part of the country?

Orders of the Day — War Office Circular. (29 May 1919)

Mr James Hogge: ...the Military Cross with very distinguished bravery in actual fighting, whereas a large number of men who are wearing the Military Cross got it for work for which everybody ought to have the fullest contempt. I know men who are wearing the Military Cross, and whose only service was carrying dispatches across the English Channel, as against many young men who won it for bravery in the field....

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