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Speaker’s Statement

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

I have a brief statement to make on a matter of privilege.

On 10 February the Joint Committee on Human Rights made a report to both Houses on a possible contempt. It concerns an attempt to influence the views of certain members of the Committee shortly before it considered a draft report directly relevant to the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

I have considered a letter from the Chair of the Joint Committee and the report, and I have decided that they raise issues that justify me in giving precedence to a motion relating to them. Accordingly, if the hon. Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) tables such a motion, it will be taken as first business tomorrow.

As is customary, I do not intend to take points of order on this matter, or to allow any further discussion on this matter before it comes before the House for decision.