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Parliamentary privilege


john w.

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In an earlier posting I stated that Lt.Col Meyler in 1924 had prepared notes/questions for the house in 1924. Some 50 years later William Moore saw the files but could not name names, much the same as Babington...

When were the files secured from the public? How long should they have been secrued for?

As they were secured from the public, was access limited to MPs in general or was that limited as well to specific MPs?

Ernest Thurtle referred to cases in 1929? when he managed to rid the Army Act of the death penalty.. he must have had access..

John

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Guest Ian Bowbrick

If Lt/Col Meyer was a serving officer at the time or a civil servant, when he compiled his dossier it immediately became subject to the various security protocols in place on work of servants of the crown. This is regardless of whether the raw data was already in the public domain or not. The same procedure still applies today whether you are preparing PQs, briefs or responses to SCs or PRs.

Thurtle did not necessarily have access. CF Sidney Silverman and his 2 attempts to abolish Capital Punishment first in 1957, which led to the Homicide Act and finally in 1965 which abolished it for murder.

Ian

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Ian

so what you saying is that access may be limited even if you are an MP

John

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