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PRIVILEGE—STATEMENT BY SPEAKER

The Speaker made a statement concerning the alleged unauthorised disclosure of details of a report of the Joint Committee on Electoral Matters.

The Speaker stated that, in accordance with the practice of the House concerning issues of unauthorised disclosure from committees, the matter should be considered in the first instance by the Joint Committee itself. The committee should consider whether there was any unauthorised disclosure, and, if there was, first the source, and secondly whether substantial interference with the committee's work, with the committee system or with the House resulted or was likely to result.

The Speaker concluded by stating that the committee should inform the House of the results of its deliberations and that if it concluded that substantial interference has occurred, it must explain why it reached this conclusion.