Members of the House of Commons may be suspended under the procedure about a century old which is laid down in standing orders, if they have disregarded the authority of the Speaker or other member in the chair, or abused the rules of the House1. Members may, however be punished by suspension under even older practice, not enshrined in standing orders, for other offences which the House judges worthy of such punishment. The salary of a member suspended from the service of the House is withheld for the duration of his suspension2.
Until recently the House of Lords never sought
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