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Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Tuesday 1 April 2014

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, As Amended

 

Repeal of section 13 of the Defamation Act 1996

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 13 (Evidence concerning proceedings in Parliament) of the Defamation

 

Act 1996 (c. 31) shall cease to have effect.

 

(2)    

This section comes into force on the day on which this Act is passed.

 

(3)    

This section extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The Joint Committees on Parliamentary Privilege in 1999 and 2013 both recommended the repeal

 

of this hardly-used provision, which allows an individual litigant in defamation cases to waive the

 

ban in Article IX of the Bill of Rights on proceedings in Parliament being impeached or questioned

 

in court.

 


 
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