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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 currently accepting evidence

The committee wants to hear your views. We welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. You can submit evidence until Tuesday 8 June 2021.

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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
SCC0044 - Select Committees and Contempts
Witnesses Scottish Parliament
Committees Committee of Privileges
Written Evidence
SCC0043 - Select Committees and Contempts
Witnesses Northern Ireland Assembly
Committees Committee of Privileges
Written Evidence
SCC0033 - Select Committees and Contempts
Witnesses New Zealand House of Representatives
Committees Committee of Privileges
Written Evidence

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