Committee of Privileges

Matter of privilege referred to the Committee on 28 June 2018 inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

On 5 June 2018 the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee published a Special Report concerning the conduct of Mr Dominic Cummings. The Committee reported that Mr Cummings had been ordered by the Committee to attend it to give oral evidence as part of its inquiry into "Fake News" and that he had failed to comply with that Order. 

On 7 June the House ordered as follows:

Resolved, That this House takes note of the Third Special Report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (HC 1115);

Ordered, That Mr Dominic Cummings give an undertaking to the Committee, no later than 6pm on 11 June 2018, to appear before that Committee at a time on or before 20 June 2018.–(Damian Collins.)

On 20 June the Committee Chair, Mr Damian Collins MP, reported to the House that the Committee had directed him to report that Mr Cummings had failed to comply with the Order of 7 June.

On 28 June 2018, the House ordered as follows:

Resolved, That this House notes that the Order of the House of Thursday 7 June has not been complied with;

Ordered, That the matter be referred to the Committee of Privileges.–(Andrea Leadsom.)

At its meeting on 17 July the Committee of Privileges agreed to a Resolution setting out how it intends to proceed in this inquiry.


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