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Select Committees and Contempts

Inquiry

The Committee of Privileges has resumed this long-standing inquiry into select committee powers and contempts. Back in 2016 the matter of “the exercise and enforcement of the powers of the House in relation to select committees and contempt” was referred to the Committee of Privileges. 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.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Tuesday 21 September 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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First Report - Select committees and contempts: clarifying and strengthening powers to call for persons, papers and records
Inquiry Select Committees and Contempts
Committees Committee of Privileges
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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22 October 2019
Inquiry Select Committees and Contempts
Witnesses Sir Malcom Jack KCB (former Clerk at House of Commons), House of Commons, and Lord Tyrie (former Chair at Treasury Select Committee, former Chair at House of Commons Liaison Committee, and former Chair at Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards)
Committees Committee of Privileges
Oral Evidence
8 July 2019
Inquiry Select Committees and Contempts
Witnesses House of Commons, House of Commons, Chris Bryant (Chair, Finance Committee at House of Commons), and Sir Bernard Jenkin (Chair, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee at House of Commons)
Committees Committee of Privileges
Oral Evidence
SCC0061 - Select Committees and Contempts
Witnesses House of Commons
Committees Committee of Privileges
Written Evidence
SCC0060 - Select Committees and Contempts
Witnesses Mark Hutton (Former Clerk of Journals at House of Commons)
Committees Committee of Privileges
Written Evidence
SCC0059 - Select Committees and Contempts
Witnesses Mr Paul Evans
Committees Committee of Privileges
Written Evidence

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