A Committee of Privileges has been appointed at the beginning of every session (with one brief interval1) from the seventeenth century. Its role is to consider specific matters relating to privileges referred to it by the House2. The committee consists of seven members, with three being a quorum3. The committee has power under standing orders to appoint sub-committees from time to time, and to refer to such sub-committees any of the matters referred to the committee4.
The committee and any sub-committee have power to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any
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