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Question Of Privilege

Volume 894: debated on Friday 27 June 1975

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I now have to rule on the complaint of breach of privilege raised yesterday by the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Cunningham).

The complaint related to words reported to have been spoken by Mr. Arthur Scargill, President of the Yorkshire area of the National Union of Mineworkers, and to a resolution of the Yorkshire Area Council of that union, upon which Mr. Scargill's remarks were alleged to have been based.

I am satisfied that the matter of the complaint is such that I should permit a motion relating to it to be given precedence over the Orders of the Day.

In view of that ruling, Mr. Speaker, I beg to move:

"That the matter of the complaint be referred to the Committee of Privileges."

Question put and agreed to.