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Committee of Privileges Second Report of Session 2016–17

15 September 2016

The Committee of Privileges releases its Second Report of Session 2016–17, "Unauthorised disclosure of a draft Report of the Committee of Public Accounts".

The Committee has examined the unauthorised disclosure of a draft Committee report by Justin Tomlinson MP in 2013. It found that Mr Tomlinson committed a contempt in disclosing the draft Report to a third party and that his actions constituted substantial interference in the work of the Committee of Public Accounts.

Taking into account the significant mitigating factors, including Mr Tomlinson's motives, his relative inexperience and his immediate and unreserved apology for his actions, the Committee of Privileges recommends that he make a personal statement to the House and be suspended from the services of the House for two sitting days.

The Committee is grateful to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards for investigating the matter. Her detailed memorandum, together with written evidence from Mr Tomlinson, is appended to the report. Associated evidence is published on the internet.

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