896. Exclusive cognisance of proceedings.

Both Houses of Parliament have long claimed the exclusive cognisance of their proceedings1. This claim involves the exclusion of review by any court or other external body of the application of the procedure and practice of either House to the business before it. The most far-reaching judicial admission of this privilege was made in 1884, when it was held that even if the House of Commons forbade a member to do what statute required him to do, and in order to enforce the prohibition excluded him from the House, the court had no power to interfere2. It is for