Role - Committee of Privileges

The Committee of Privileges is appointed to consider specific matters relating to privileges referred to it by the House.

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The Attorney General is the Government's principal legal adviser. Usually a Member of Parliament, they provide advice on a range of legal matters.

On 9 June 1997 ministers in both Houses announced that as part of the initiative to modernise Parliament the government would institute a general review of parliamentary privilege. The Joint Committee was set up on 31 July 1997 with broad terms of reference: `to review parliamentary privilege and make recommendations'.

The Joint Committee was appointed by the House of Commons (3 December 2012) and the House of Lords (9 January 2013) to consider the Green Paper on Parliamentary Privilege (PDF 3.62MB) which was presented to both Houses on 26 April 2012 (Cm 8318)