Privilege matter referred by the House on 9 September

14 September 2010

The Committee on Standards and Privileges has discussed the hacking of Members’ mobile phones, which was referred to it by the House on 9 September as a matter relating to privilege.

The Committee has agreed to start its inquiry by seeking evidence from the Clerk of the House and from outside experts on the law of Parliament on whether and if so in what circumstances hacking of MPs’ phones could be a contempt of Parliament. The Committee will not be looking into any specific allegations at this stage of its inquiry.

When it has reviewed this evidence, the Committee will consider what further steps to take.

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