Privilege extending beyond Members

14.14A privilege similar to that which protects Members from arrest and molestation in order that they may freely attend to their parliamentary duties extends to certain others, and for the same reason.1 Those who may claim such privileges include officers of either House,2 persons summoned to appear as witnesses before either House or one of its committees,3 and others in personal attendance on the service of Parliament4 (see also paras 15.18–15.24 ).

Footnotes

  1. 1. CJ (1547–1628) 505; ibid (1640–42) 107; ibid (1667–87) 62; ibid (1699–1702) 521, etc.
  2. 2. W Petyt Lex Parliamentaria (1689), p 258; 1 Hatsell 9, 11, 172.
  3. 3. LJ (1628–42) 143, 144; CJ (1660–67) 525; ibid (1667–87) 20, 366, 472; ibid (1697–99) 364, 610; ibid (1835) 521. See also Parl Deb (1819) 39, cc 1168, 1265 and the Home Affairs Committee, First Special Report, HC 107 (1993–94), which considered the service of a writ on a witness in the course of a hearing, but concluded on several grounds and having regard to the resolution of the House of February 1978 (CJ (1977–78) 170), that no useful purpose would be served by taking the matter further.
  4. 4. These have included those who had causes depending in or bills before the House, LJ (1628–42) 143, 144, 262, 263, 289, 330, 477; ibid (1642–43) 476, 563, 574, 653, 680; ibid (1736–41) 625; ibid (1746–52) 19, 538; ibid (1753–56) 512; CJ (1547–1628) 702, 863, 921, 924; ibid (1640–42) 72; ibid (1699–1702) 512; ibid (1757–61) 244; ibid (1792–93) 426; and also counsel, solicitors and agents, LJ (1856) 189; ibid (1860) 75, 76; CJ (1667–87) 472; ibid (1741–45) 170; ibid (1750–54) 797; ibid (1754–57) 447, 537; ibid (1792–93) 426.