The privilege of freedom from arrest is of great antiquity and claimed by resolutions of both Houses of Parliament1. No lord of Parliament2 or member of the House of Commons may be imprisoned or restrained3 without the order or sentence of the House of Lords or House of Commons except upon a criminal charge or for a criminal contempt of court4 or, in the case of a member of the House of Lords, for refusing to give security for the peace5.
The basis of the claim is that it is an essential part of the constitution and working of Parliament,
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