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Committee of Privileges inquiry: Select committees and contempts

18 October 2019

The Committee of Privileges will take further evidence in public from witnesses on Tuesday 22 October at 10.15am.

The witnesses are:

  • Sir Malcolm Jack KCB, former Clerk of the House of Commons
  • Ms Eve Samson, Principal Clerk, House of Commons
  • Lord Tyrie, former Chair of the House of Commons Treasury and Liaison Committees and the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

This inquiry is investigating the relationship between witnesses and parliamentary committees. In the vast majority of cases, witnesses cooperate fully and willingly with select committees. This inquiry relates particularly to the infrequent occasions upon which witnesses are reluctant to accept invitations to give oral or written evidence.  It also covers cases where committees consider that witnesses have failed to give truthful evidence, for example. More information about the inquiry, including the terms of reference and evidence that has already been taken, are available from the Select committees and contempts inquiry page.

The media and the public are welcome to attend this evidence session. It will be held in Committee Room 5, Committee Corridor, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA. Please ensure you have plenty of time to get through security by arriving at the Palace at least 45 minutes before the evidence begins, but note that you will not be permitted into the room itself until 10.15am. The session will also be webcast live on A recording will be available from the same website after the meeting.

Further information

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