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PRIVILEGE—STATEMENT BY SPEAKER

The Speaker referred to the complaint of breach of privilege raised on 4 April 2000 by Dr Theophanous concerning actions which amounted, in his submission, to improper interference in the performance of his duties as a Member.

The Speaker stated that while there appeared to be a number of unresolved issues in respect of the matters complained of, it was not clear to him at this stage that there was evidence of an offence against parliamentary privilege such as would allow him to give precedence to a motion.

The Speaker further stated that the Committee of Privileges at present had a general inquiry into the status of records held by Members, and that the Member may feel that he could take up aspects of his present concerns with the committee in connection with that inquiry.