As many students of Parliament – and certainly those who work within the institution – will know, the libraries of both Houses produce some excellent research papers and briefing notes.
Those interested in obtaining some objective and invaluable background information on the issue of parliamentary privilege – which has come to the fore in the the case concerning Conservative MP Damian Green – should find extremely helpful the Standard Note produced by the Commons’ Library on ‘Parliamentary privilege and individual Members’:
It includes useful detail on the various cases where the issue of privilege has arisen.
Given that the current controversy has arisen as a consequence of the police relying on the common law offence of misconduct in public office, the Library has also produced a helpful note on the recent use of the offence in prosecutions (the data are revealing) and proposals to place the offence on a statutory footing:
For those interested in seeing the range of topics covered by each Library, the lists of papers can be found at: