Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 114

Letter to Councillor Mustafa Kamal from the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

  The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has passed your letter of 15 May to the Committee on Standards and Privileges for its consideration.

  The Committee has instructed me to say that it takes a serious view of the matter you have reported to the Commissioner.

  The House regards any evidence given to the Commissioner for the purposes of her inquiries into complaints against Members of Parliament as proceedings in Parliament which are fully protected by parliamentary privilege.

  Any attempt to put pressure on a witness in connection with evidence would be a contempt of the House, and the Committee will act if any action were taken against a witness as a result of evidence given to the Commissioner.

  The Committee trusts that with this reassurance you will feel able to continue to assist the Commissioner with her inquiries.

23 May 2000

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