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W. Elliot Bulmer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529200621

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529200621.001.0001

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Parliament II: Privileges, Organization and Procedures

Parliament II: Privileges, Organization and Procedures

(p.177) 9 Parliament II: Privileges, Organization and Procedures
Westminster and the World

W. Elliot Bulmer

Policy Press

This chapter delves into the privileges of parliament as an integral part of the Westminster System, going back to Article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1689. It lists freedom of speech, the immunity of members from legal liability for statements made in the House, and the freedom of each House to order its own affairs without interference by the Crown as the privileges of Parliament. It also refers to Westminster Model constitutions that replicate privileges in the parliament by directly specifying and enumerating them in the constitution, or by conferring on parliament the power to determine its own privileges. The chapter cites the Constitution of Trinidad & Tobago as a typical example that applies the privileges of the House of Commons. It discusses how the constitution gives parliament the power to prescribe the powers, privileges, and immunities of each House.

Keywords:   parliament, Westminster System, Westminster Model, House of Commons, freedom of speech, Westminster Model constitutions

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