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Question Of Privilege

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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I have to inform the House that I have received a letter from the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Price) on a question concerning the privileges of this House. In accordance with the procedure for dealing with such matters which was brought into effect on 6th February this year, the hon. Member has made a submission to me in writing which I have duly considered.

The hon. Gentleman informs me that use has been made in the case of Regina v. Aubrey, Berry and Campbell, now proceeding at the Central Criminal Court, of passages in the Official Report of our debates and of other proceedings of the House without the prior leave of the House being obtained. In the light of this information, I give precedence over the Orders of the Day tomorrow to a motion relating to the hon. Gentleman's complaint. No debate can arise now.