UK House of Commons

Life of a Standing Order

Date Change Text
12 March 2012 Made

There shall be a select committee, called the Committee of Privileges, to consider specific matters relating to privileges referred to it by the House.

The committee shall consist of ten Members, of whom five shall be a quorum.

Unless the House otherwise orders, each Member nominated to the committee shall continue to be a member of it for the remainder of the Parliament.

The committee shall have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of no more than seven Members, of whom three shall be a quorum, and to refer to such sub-committees any of the matters referred to the committee.

The committee and any sub-committee shall have power-

(a) to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place and to report from time to time;

(b) to appoint legal advisers, and to appoint specialist advisers either to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the committee's order of reference.

The committee shall have power to order the attendance of any Member before the committee and to require that specific documents or records in the possession of a Member relating to its inquiries be laid before the committee or any sub-committee.

The committee shall have power to refer to unreported evidence of the former Committees on Standards and Privileges and to any documents circulated to any such committee.

The committee shall have power to refuse to allow proceedings to which the public are admitted to be broadcast.

The Attorney General, the Advocate General and the Solicitor General, being Members of the House, may attend the committee, may take part in deliberations, may receive committee papers and may give such other assistance to the committee as may be appropriate, but shall not vote or make any motion or move any amendment or be counted in the quorum.

28 October 2015 Amended

There shall be a select committee, called the Committee of Privileges, to consider specific matters relating to privileges referred to it by the House.

The committee shall consist of seven Members, of whom three shall be a quorum.

Unless the House otherwise orders, each Member nominated to the committee shall continue to be a member of it for the remainder of the Parliament.

The committee shall have power to appoint sub-committees of whom three shall be a quorum, and to refer to such sub-committees any of the matters referred to the committee.

The committee and any sub-committee shall have power-

(a) to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place and to report from time to time;

(b) to appoint legal advisers, and to appoint specialist advisers either to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the committee's order of reference.

The committee shall have power to order the attendance of any Member before the committee and to require that specific documents or records in the possession of a Member relating to its inquiries be laid before the committee or any sub-committee.

The committee shall have power to refer to unreported evidence of former Committees on Standards and Privileges and of former Committees of Privileges and to any documents circulated to any such committee.

The committee shall have power to refuse to allow proceedings to which the public are admitted to be broadcast.

The Attorney General, the Advocate General and the Solicitor General, being Members of the House, may attend the committee, may take part in deliberations, may receive committee papers and may give such other assistance to the committee as may be appropriate, but shall not vote or make any motion or move any amendment or be counted in the quorum.