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Remit and powers of the Committee of Privileges

The remit and powers of the Committee of Privileges are set out in Standing Order No 148A.

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

The Committee has the power to appoint sub-committees. Both the Committee and its sub-committees have the usual select committee powers “to send for persons, papers and records”; to sit while the House is adjourned and to appoint specialist advisers. Like the Committee on Standards, it has the explicit power to appoint legal advisers.

The Committee also has the 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”.

Matters referred to the Committee of Privileges

The Committee of Privileges currently has three matters before it.

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