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Right of Search

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Leader of the House whether she was informed by the Serjeant-at-Arms that the police who searched the Parliamentary Office of the hon. Member for Ashford on 27 November 2008 did not have a search warrant. (243582)

I had no knowledge of the search before it took place, nor the processes under which the search was carried out.

To ask the Leader of the House if she will make a statement on the right of search of parliamentary premises. (244157)

To ask the Leader of the House if she will make a statement on the right of search of parliamentary premises. (244158)

Access to the offices of hon. Members is not a matter for the Leader of the House. However the matter is covered in Mr. Speaker's protocol sent to individual hon. Members on 8 December 2008. The House has decided to set up a Committee to review this matter.