House of Commons: Security

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Labour/Co-operative, Cardiff South and Penarth

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether a (a) temporary or (b) permanent House of Commons security pass has ever been refused on the grounds that the applicant had been found to be in contempt of Parliament.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)

In the past 10 years, there have been no cases where a temporary or permanent House of Commons security pass has been refused on the grounds that the applicant had been found to be in contempt of Parliament.

Parliament decides on matters of contempt, including sanctions, on a case-by-case basis, on the advice of the Committee of Privileges.

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