Policy paper

Government response to the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The government has published its response to a report by the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.



Parliamentary privilege grants certain legal immunities for Members of both Houses of Parliament. This allows them to perform their duties without interference from outside the House.

The committee’s report was published on 3 July 2013 and recommended that there was no need for new legislation on privilege. The report also said that MPs accused of serious wrongdoing should not be able to use parliamentary privilege to avoid criminal prosecution.

Read the original Parliamentary Privilege Green Paper and consultation responses.