Research Papers 2011

Synopsis: Here you will find a list of Committee on Standards and Privileges research papers. Links to the report text are available from each of the reports listed.

Directions and procedures relating to the Standards Commissioners in UK legislatures

- Date: 27/10/2011 - Author: Ray McCaffrey

This research paper looks at how the Standards Commissioners in the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, House of Commons and House of Lords operate within the Directions and Procedures laid down in legislation or issued by the respective institution.


Parliamentary privilege

- Date: 01/02/2011 - Author: Tim Moore, Ray McCaffrey & Dearbhla O’Rourke

This research paper examines the concept of parliamentary privilege as it exists at Westminster and compares this to the more limited legal protections and immunities enjoyed by the devolved institutions. The paper also considers the nature and handling of breaches of privilege and contempt.