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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Written Answers — Attorney-General: Contempt of Court: Social Networking (7 Mar 2013)

Dominic Grieve: The legal framework applicable to the internet is fundamentally the same as that which applies elsewhere. A contempt published via social media remains a contempt. This was demonstrated in the case of Joanna Fraill a juror who, via the medium of the social media site, Facebook, and in contravention of section 8 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, disclosed details of the jury's deliberations....

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Contempt of Court (13 May 2014)

Dominic Grieve: Since taking office, I have been active in ensuring that the public are better informed of the law of contempt and, in particular, the dangers of online commentary. I have done that in a variety of ways including education, delivering speeches, attending symposia on contempt, and review by asking the Law Commission to look at the law of contempt and legislation. New criminal offences of juror...

Written Answers — Justice: Contempt of Court (18 Dec 2013)

Jeremy Wright: The following tables set out the number of people who were received into custody for contempt of court between January 2012 and June 2013 (the latest available figures). Contempt of court covers a wide variety of conduct which undermines or has the potential to undermine the course of justice. I welcome the Law Commission's report on contempt and look forward to discussing its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade Unions (National Industrial Relations Court Fines) (12 Nov 1973)

Mr Peter Rawlinson: Any party to any proceedings who is in contempt of court is liable to penalties and fines. There is no need to be in contempt of court. A person who is in contempt of court must face the penalty. This is the penalty that has been imposed. The answer is for that party to come to the court, argue his case, and get out of contempt.

Written Answers — Justice: Contempt of Court: Sentencing (23 Nov 2011)

Crispin Blunt: Detailed information collected centrally from court records by the Ministry of Justice on contempt of court beyond 2008 is limited to those occasions where an individual is tried, convicted and sentenced at the Crown Court under sections 8 and 14 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. Information on contempt of court at the magistrates court under the Contempt of Court Act is contained within a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Andrew Robathan: Does the Foreign Secretary realise that his statement, and those of other political leaders on the continent of Europe, reveals a contempt for the views of the people—a contempt shown by his Government in refusing to give the promised referendum on the treaty, and a contempt shown for the French people, the Dutch people and now the Irish people—and that that contempt and arrogance are...

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords] (11 Feb 1992)

Mr Bob Dunn: I wanted to take up the hon. Gentleman's point about contempt for local authorities. Was there not contempt in circular No. 1066, which required local authorities to go comprehensive under a Labour Government? Was there not contempt for local education authorities in the Education Act 1976, which compelled local education authorities to go comprehensive? Is there not contempt now for local...

National Union of Mineworkers (Sequestration) (19 Dec 1984)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: ...any less fantastic or unrealistic than many others which graced the hon. Gentleman's speech. I shall begin with a few comments about the writ and procedure of sequestration in the context of contempt of court—[Interruption.] I shall then describe briefly the special status—[Interruption.] I wonder whether Labour Members are really concerned about the matter we have been discussing. If...

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Madeleine Moon: The Prime Minister has rightly said that the attacks in Britain have been part of an ongoing contempt for Britain, contempt for the rule of law, and contempt for our values. There has also been a contempt for our alliances, both political and military. Will the Prime Minister work with those political and military alliances, so that together we can bring about a root-and-branch removal of...

Schedule 13 (21 Oct 1982)

Lords amendment: No. 255, in page 108, line 37, at end insert— Contempt of Court Act 1981 (c. 49)50. The following subsection shall be inserted after subsection (2) of section 14 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 (which relates to penalties for contempt and kindred offences in proceedings in England and Wales)—(2A) In the exercise of jurisdiction to commit for contempt of court or any...

Question of Privilege (20 Oct 1976)

Mr Michael English: ..., may I apologise to you for not giving you notice of this matter? I think that you will agree, though, that notice may not have been necessary in the circumstances. I wish to raise the issue of a contempt of this House. I do not know by whom the contempt may have been committed. However, I submit to you, first, that, on your previous ruling given to me earlier this day, whereas it was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Situation (25 Jul 1972)

Mr Reginald Paget: It is true that this Government did not invent the law of contempt, but they did invent this court which is naturally treated with contempt. When it is sought to disguise a purely political instrument as a court, that court is, and will be, and deserves to be treated with contempt.

Standards and Privileges (12 Jul 1999)

Mr Dale Campbell-Savours: Is there not a distinction between what the right hon. and learned Gentleman calls "holding the House in contempt" and being in contempt? he has accused the Foreign Secretary of being in contempt. Will he explain why—and under which rule?

Attorney General: Contempt of Court (13 Dec 2018)

Lyn Brown: Contempt of court proceedings are very important to ensuring fair trials and the rule of law. Contempt of Parliament proceedings have been crucial in enabling the House to have the information to which it was entitled. Is the Attorney General not ashamed that his Ministers were found to be in contempt?

Points of Order (22 Apr 1999)

Mr Malcolm Savidge: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. May we have a ruling on whether Members who are concerned about the apparent contempt for the rule of law shown by some Members of both Houses will be able to comment on it, especially when their contempt constitutes contempt for the rule of law that they passed when they were in government?

Foreign Nationals (Deportation and Removal) (26 Apr 2006)

Charles Clarke: I do not believe that I am in contempt of court. As the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard) will confirm, Home Secretaries often risk being in contempt of court and many judgments are made about the Home Secretary of the day, but I do not think that I am in contempt of court in this case.

Orders of the Day — Police and Criminal Evidence Bill: Special Procedure (15 May 1984)

No. 241, in page 94, line 13, at end insert— '12A.—(1) If a person fails to comply with an order under paragraph 4 above, a circuit judge may deal with him as if he had committed a contempt of the Crown Court.(2) Any enactment relating to contempt of the Crown Court shall have effect in relation to such a failure as if it were such a contempt.'.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (21 Apr 2005)

...define computer related crime according to their own domestic legal systems. However, the position in Scots Law is that it is likely that any publication of statements on the internet which was in contempt of court, would be prosecuted in Scotland as a contempt of court. There may additionally be offences related to the use of computers but a charge either at common law or under the...

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE BILL [Lords]: Clause 13. — (Appeal in Cases of Contempt of Court.) (22 Jul 1960)

Mr Stanley McMaster: ...state briefly the reasons for the Amendment. First, I and my learned friends welcome the reform which is provided in the Bill so that, for the first time, there can be appeals in cases of criminal contempt, bringing this country into line with most other countries. There is, however, an anomaly in the Clause. I wish to draw attention particularly to the provisions of subsection (2, b). In...

Orders of the Day — Freedom of Publication (Protection) Bill: Restriction on Proceedings (16 May 1969)

Sir Elwyn Jones: I should like to lend my support to the Amendment, which disapplies, in respect of Scotland, the provision in Clause 1 that proceedings for contempt of court which are referred to in the Clause shall not be instituted except by or with the Attorney-General's consent. These words are obviously inappropriate for Scotland, where, happily or unhappily, the Attorney-General has no jurisdiction....


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