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Committee of Privileges

Commons Select Committee

The Committee of Privileges is appointed to consider specific matters relating to privileges referred to it by the House. The scope of any inquiry comprises all matters relevant to the matter referred.

The Committee of Privileges currently has one matter referred to it, that of “the exercise and enforcement of the powers of the House in relation to select committees and contempts” (referred by the House on 27 October 2016). The Committee’s inquiry is assessing different options for enforcing the House’s powers to summon witnesses and call for production of documents. This includes reviewing the House’s available sanctions in cases of non-compliance by witnesses and other contempts.

More background on the purpose of the inquiry can be found by contacting privileges@parliament.uk

Committee news

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Privileges Committee publish key report on select committee powers
The Committee of Privileges report considers how the House can address the issue of the enforcement of select committee powers
2 May 2021
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Select Committees and Contempts - Chair’s thoughts for 2021
Committee of Privileges publishes article from the House magazine’s 2021 Guide to Select Committees
22 January 2021
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New chair appointed and inquiry into select committees and contempts resumed
Chris Bryant MP is new Chair of the Committee and resumes inquiry on select committees and contempts
1 June 2020
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General Election 2019
Following the Dissolution of Parliament on 6 November 2019, all select committees have ceased to exist
6 November 2019
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Committee of Privileges membership at the end of Parliament 2017-19
View the membership of the Committee at the end of 2017-19 Parliament
5 November 2019
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Evidence session cancelled
Evidence session on the exercise and enforcement of the powers of the House in relation to select committees and contempt cancelled
31 October 2019
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Committee of Privileges inquiry: Select committees and contempts
Committee of Privileges takes evidence on select committees and contempts inquiry
18 October 2019
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Committee looks into Select Committee powers and contempt of Parliament
Committee of Privileges questions John Benger, Mark Hutton, Chris Bryant and Sir Bernard Jenkin MPs
5 July 2019
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Session cancelled - Oral evidence session on select committees and contempt of Parliament
Oral Evidence sessions in Privileges Committee inquiry into select committees and contempt of Parliament
21 June 2019
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Inquiry into select committees and contempt of Parliament resumed
Committee of Privileges resumes inquiry into select committees and contempts
21 May 2019
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Privileges Committee membership agreed
Committee agrees its membership for 2017 Parliament
31 October 2017
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Committee of Privileges membership at the end of Parliament 2015-17
View the membership of the Committee at the end of 2015-17 Parliament
3 May 2017
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General Election 2017 - Committee of Privileges
Following the Dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017, all select committees have ceased to exist
3 May 2017
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The powers of select committees and contempt examined
Committee of Privileges inquiry into the exercise and enforcement of the powers of select committees
7 March 2017
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Unauthorised disclosure of a Report on UK-manufactured arms
Committee of Privileges publishes correspondence with the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee
2 March 2017
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Committee of Privileges Second Report of Session 2016–17
The Committee of Privileges releases its report 'Unauthorised disclosure of a draft Report of the Committee of Public Accounts'
15 September 2016
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Committee of Privileges Second Report of Session 2016–17
The Committee of Privileges to publish its second report of Session 2016–17
15 September 2016
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Privileges report on conduct of witnesses
The Committee of Privileges releases its report 'Conduct of witnesses before a select committee'
14 September 2016
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