Mr Trevor Phillips: allegation of contempt first report of session 2010-11

House of Lords papers 15 2010-11

Corporate Author:
Great Britain Parliament House of Lords Committee for Privileges and Conduct
Lord Brabazon of Tara (chairman)
TSO (The Stationery Office)

On 10 February 2010 the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) published its 7th report of 2009-10 (HL 56/HC 371, session 2009-10, ISBN 9780108459443) making allegations of contempt against Mr Trevor Phillips. That report alleged that on 8 February, the day before the JCHR was to consider a draft report directly relevant to the work of Mr Phillips as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), he had spoken to and sought to influence members of the Joint Committee. They recommended that Mr Phillips actions be subject to investigation by the Privileges Committees of both Houses. The Commons Committee took evidence and although it published the memoranda online, they did not make a report on the allegations. The present report by the Lords Privileges Committee concludes that Trevor Phillips was not guilty of contempt of the kind alleged and recommends that the guidance issued to witnesses appearing before Lords select committees should in future state explicitly that any contact between witnesses and the committees should be made through the clerk or Chairman.

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