Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Eighth Report

Reply to The Speaker from the Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

You wrote to me on 1 March to ask the Committee on Standards and Privileges to give consideration to the responsibilities of Members who received leaked copies of select committee reports before publication.

The Committee has discussed the matter you referred to us and entirely shares your view that the fundamental responsibility of a Member who finds himself or herself in this position must be to act in a way which does not impede the committee in the discharge of its responsibilities to the House. In our judgement the Member ought to make no use of leaked committee papers and should return them without delay to the clerk of the committee.

We may have more to say on this subject once we have completed our current inquiry into the leak from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

10 March 1999

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