Acceptance by the Commons of amendments infringing privilege

37.21The Commons, when they so wish, ‘waive privilege’ in individual cases, and accept amendments by the Lords, so long as they do not materially infringe the privileges of the Commons by seeking to impose a charge which has not been authorised by a financial resolution (see above and para 30.11 ).1 In such cases they record their action by an entry inserted in the Journal, under direction from the Speaker. Formerly, there was a variety of forms of entry, but since 1968 a standard form has been adopted, stating merely that the Commons are willing to waive their privileges.2


  1. 1. It was indicated, for example, that amendments proposed in the House of Lords to provisions of the Television Bill 1962–63 relating to payments by programme contractors for the benefit of the Exchequer were likely, if agreed to, to be regarded as a material infringement of the Commons' privileges, HL Deb (1962–63) 252, cc 480–89.
  2. 2. For example, CJ (2005–06) 557.