Committee of Privileges

Select committees and contempts 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

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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