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Parliamentary Privilege First Report


Proceedings of the Committee Relating to the Report

DIE MERCURII, 25 NOVEMBRIS 1997

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

  The Orders of Reference are read.

  It is moved that Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead do take the Chair (Mrs Ann Taylor).

  The same is agreed to.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That a letter from the Leader of the House of Commons be considered.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee approve a circular letter inviting evidence.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 2nd December at 10.45 am.


DIE MARTIS, 2 DECEMBRIS 1997

Present:

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigode

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 25th November are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witnesses are called in and examined:

    Sir Donald Limon, KCB, Clerk of the House of Commons

    Mr W R McKay, CB, Clerk Assistant of the House of Commons

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 16th December at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 16 DECEMBRIS 1997

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 2nd December are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witnesses are called in and further examined:

    Sir Donald Limon, KCB, Clerk of the House of Commons

    Mr W R McKay, CB, Clerk Assistant of the House of Commons

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 20th January 1998 at 10.45 am.


DIE JOVIS, 20 JANUARII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 16th December 1997 are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witness is examined:

    The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Home Secretary

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 27th January at 10.30 am.


DIE JOVIS, 27 JANUARII 1998

Present:

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 20th January are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witnesses are called in and examined:

    Mr Michael Davies CB, Clerk of the Parliaments

    Mr Derek Rippengal CB QC, Counsel to the Chairman of Committees

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 3rd February at 10.30 am.


DIE MERCURII, 3 FEBRUARII 1998

Present:

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 27th January are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witness is examined:

    Rt Hon John Morris QC MP, HM Attorney General

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 10th February at 10.30 am.


DIE MERCURII, 10 FEBRUARII 1998

Present:

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 3rd February are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witnesses are examined:

    The Honourable George Cash, President of the Legislative Council of Western Australia

    Mr L B Marquet, Clerk of the Legislative Council of Western Australia

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 17th February at 10.30 am.


DIE MERCURII, 17 FEBRUARII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Mr Bill Michie

Mr Paul Tyler

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 10th February are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witnesses are examined:

    Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Chief Justice of England

    Mr Charles Johnson, Parliamentarian of the United States House of Representatives

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 24th February at 10.30 am.


DIE MERCURII, 24 FEBRUARII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Alan Williams

  It is moved that Lord Wigoder do take the Chair during any absence of Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead (Sir Patrick Cormack).

  The same is agreed to.

Lord Wigoder, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 17th February are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witnesses are called in and examined:

    Mrs Patricia Leopold, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Reading

    Professor Anthony Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Edinburgh

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 10th March at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 10 MARTII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Wigoder, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 24th February are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witness is examined:

    Lord Weatherill, former Speaker of the House of Commons

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 17th March at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 17 MARTII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Wigoder, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 10th March are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witness is examined:

    Rt Hon the Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, Lord President of the Court of Session

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 24th March at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 24 MARTII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Wigoder, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 17th March are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witnesses are examined:

    Rt Hon the Lord Newton of Braintree, OBE

    Rt Hon John MacGregor, OBE, MP, former Leader of the House of Commons

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 31st March at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 31 MARTII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 24th March are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witness is called in and examined:

    Rt Hon Sir Robert Carswell, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 7th April at 10.30 am.


DIE LUNAE, 7 APRILIS 1998

Present:

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 31st March are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witness is called in and examined:

    Dr Geoffrey Marshall FBA, Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 28th April at 10.30 am.


DIE MERCURII, 28 APRILIS 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 7th April are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  The following witnesses are called in and examined:

    Sir Gordon Downey, KCB, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

    Mr Nigel Pleming QC

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 12th May at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 12 MAII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 28th April are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 19th May at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 19 MAII 1998

Present:

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 12th May are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 2nd June at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 2 JUNII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 19th May are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 9th June at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 9 JUNII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 2nd June are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 16th June at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 16 JUNII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 9th June are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 23rd June at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 23 JUNII 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 16th June are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 27th October at 11.00 am.


DIE MARTIS, 27 OCTOBRIS 1998

Present:

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 23rd June are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 3rd November at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 3 NOVEMBRIS 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 27th October are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 10th November at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 10 NOVEMBRIS 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 3rd November are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 17th November at 10.30 am.


DIE MARTIS, 17 NOVEMBRIS 1998

Present:

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 10th November are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned.


DIE MARTIS, 8 DECEMBRIS 1998

Present:

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

  The Orders of Reference are read.

  It is moved that Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead do take the Chair (Mrs Ann Taylor).

  The same is agreed to.

  Ordered, That the Minutes of Evidence and other proceedings of the Joint Committeeon Parliamentary Privilege in the last session of Parliament, be adopted by the Committee—(The Chairman).

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 15th December at 10.00 am.


DIE MARTIS 15 DECEMBRIS 1998

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 8th December are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 12th January 1999 at 10.00 am.


DIE MARTIS, 12 JANUARII 1999

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 15th December are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 19th January at 10.00 am.


DIE MARTIS, 19 JANUARII 1999

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Wigoder

Mr Joe Benton

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 12th January are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 26th January at 10.00 am.


DIE MARTIS, 26 JANUARII 1999

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 19th January are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 2nd February at 10.00 am.


DIE MARTIS, 2 FEBRUARII 1999

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 26th January are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned to Tuesday 16th February at 10.00 am.


DIE MARTIS, 16 FEBRUARII 1999

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  A draft Report is proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

  Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

  Paragraphs 1 to 208 are read and agreed to.

  Paragraph 209 is read, amended (by dividing it into two paragraphs) and agreed to.

  Paragraphs 210-384 (now paragraphs 211-385) are read and agreed to.

  Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be agreed to.

  Ordered, That the Report be the Report of the Joint Committee to each House.

  Ordered, That the Executive Summary and Summary of Recommendations be added to the Report and printed together with the Report.

  Ordered, That the following papers be annexed to the Report:

    A.  Section 13 of the Defamation Act 1996

    B.  `Proceedings in Parliament': definition

    C.  Bribery legislation in Australia

    D.  Law Commission's draft Corruption Bill

    E.  Sub judice resolutions and practice

    F.  Relevant provisions from the Contempt of Court Act 1981

    G.  Right of reply scheme in the New South Wales Legislative Council

    H.  Parliamentary Papers Act 1840.

  Ordered, That the memoranda received by the Committee be appended to the Report.

  Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Lords and Mrs Ann Taylor make the Report to the House of Commons.

  Ordered, That such Reports be laid upon the Tables of each House on Thursday25th March 1999.

  Ordered, That, where the Chairman considers it appropriate, embargoed copies of the Report may be given to specific individuals and other persons not more than twenty four hours in advance of publication.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned.


DIE MARTIS, 23 FEBRUARII 1999

Present:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Lord Mayhew of Twysden

Lord Merlyn-Rees

Lord Waddington

Lord Wigoder

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Bill Michie

Mrs Ann Taylor

Mr Paul Tyler

Mr Alan Williams

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, in the Chair.

  The Order of Adjournment is read.

  The proceedings of Tuesday 16th February are read.

  The Joint Committee deliberate.

  Ordered, That the order of 16th February last relating to the laying of the Reports from the joint committee to each House be discharged and the Reports be laid upon the Tables of each House on 30th March 1999.

  Ordered, That the Joint Committee be adjourned.


 
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