Allegation of Contempt: Mr Trevor Phillips - Human Rights Joint Committee Contents

1  Allegation of Contempt: Mr Trevor Phillips

We met on 9 February to discuss a draft Report on the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It emerged at the start of the meeting that Trevor Phillips, the Chair of the EHRC, had recently spoken to at least three Members of the Committee about the Committee's consideration of the draft Report and the publication of written evidence with the Report. In our view these discussions could constitute a contempt of both Houses in that they may be an attempt to influence the views of certain Members of the Committee shortly before it considered a draft Report directly relevant to Mr Phillips in his role as Chair of the EHRC. We recommend that the matter should be subject to investigation by the Privileges Committees of both Houses.

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