Obstructing Members of either House in the discharge of their duty

15.12The House will proceed against those who obstruct Members in the discharge of their responsibilities to the House or in their participation in its proceedings. Not all responsibilities currently assumed by Members fall within this definition. Correspondence with constituents or official bodies, for example, and the provision of information sought by Members on matters of public concern will very often, depending on the circumstances of the case, fall outside the scope of ‘proceedings in Parliament’ (see para 13.12 ) against which a claim of breach of privilege will be measured (see para 12.1 ).1


  1. 1. See HC Deb (2002–03) 413, c 304.