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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. 1. CJ (1962–63) 246.
  2. 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.