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Question Of Privilege (Mr Speaker's Ruling)

Volume 934: debated on Thursday 30 June 1977

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I undertook yesterday, in response to a request from the hon. Member for Lambeth, Central (Mr. Lipton), who has apologised to me that he cannot be in his place this afternoon, to consider the question of publicity being given to the contents of reports from Select Committees during the period after the reports have been formally laid upon the Table but before published copies are available to hon. Members. I gladly accede to the hon. Member's request that I should join with my predecessor, whose ruling he quoted, in deprecating such occurrences, which I consider to be discourtesies to the House, on the part both of those who disclose such information and of those who give it wider circulation.