Committee of Privileges

Select committees and contempts inquiry

Inquiry status: open

The Committee is continuing an inquiry from the previous Parliament, taking forward the evidence it received before the General Election.

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee of Privileges inquiry into the exercise and enforcement of the powers of the House in relation to select committees and contempts.

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.

Terms of reference: Select committees and contempts

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