The law of Parliament
Who polices the rules?
in Governing Britain
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This chapter examines how Parliament controls its own proceedings, drawing on its power of exclusive cognisance and article 9 of the Bill of the Rights, and how it seeks to exert its authority in ensuring those outside Parliament comply with its summons to attend and give evidence. It addresses the role of the courts in determining the scope of exclusive cognisance and what constitutes proceedings in Parliament, and the potential – occasionally realised – of clashes between Parliament and the courts. It draws out reforms proposed to enforce the use of parliamentary privilege and the extent to which change is likely.


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