Members deliberately misleading the House
15.27The Commons may treat the making of a deliberately misleading statement as a contempt. In 1963, the House resolved that in making a personal statement which contained words which they later admitted not to be true, a former Member had been guilty of a grave contempt.1
In 2006, the Committee on Standards and Privileges concluded that a Minister who had inadvertently given a factually inaccurate answer in oral evidence to a select committee had not committed a contempt, but should have ensured that the transcript was corrected. The Committee recommended that they should apologise to the House for the error.2
- 1. CJ (1962–63) 246.
- 2. Committee on Standards and Privileges, Sixth Report, HC 854 (2005–06). Ministers have also apologised of their own volition: see, for example, HC Deb (8 March 2016) 607, c 137.