Police Searches on the Parliamentary Estate - Committee on Issue of Privilege Contents

Committee on issue of privilege relating to police searches on the Parliamentary Estate and internal processes of the House Administration for granting permission for such action

The Committee was appointed by the House of Commons on 13 July 2009, following the search of a Member's office in the Parliamentary Estate by the police and the seizure of material therein, to review the internal processes of the House Administration for granting permission for such action, to consider any matter relating to privilege arising from the police operation, and to make recommendations for the future.


Sir Menzies Campbell MP (Liberal Democrat, North East Fife) (Chair)

Sir Alan Beith MP (Liberal Democrat, Berwick-upon-Tweed)

Mr David Blunkett MP (Labour, Sheffield, Brightside)

Ann Coffey MP (Labour, Stockport)

Mr Doug Henderson MP (Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne North)

Ms Patricia Hewitt MP (Labour, Leicester West)

Mr Michael Howard MP (Conservative, Folkestone & Hythe)

Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP (Conservative, Kensington & Chelsea)


The committee has power to send for persons, papers and records; to report from time to time; to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House and to appoint one specialist adviser either to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the committee's order of reference.


This Report and the evidence reported by the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee are on the Internet at www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/policesearches.cfm.

Committee staff

The staff of the Committee are Liam Laurence Smyth (Clerk of the Journals) and Chintan Makwana, (Committee Support Assistant).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Journals, Journal Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 3315; the Committee's email address is: issueofprivilegecom@parliament.uk

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