10 1976

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Number 10 of 1976


COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS (PRIVILEGE AND PROCEDURE) ACT, 1976


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Definition.

2.

Privilege and immunity of committees.

3.

Short title.

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Number 10 of 1976


COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS (PRIVILEGE AND PROCEDURE) ACT, 1976


AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISION REGARDING PRIVILEGE, IMMUNITY AND PROCEDURE IN RELATION TO COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS. [6th April, 1976]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Definition.

1. —In this Act “a committee” means a committee appointed by either House of the Oireachtas or jointly by both Houses of the Oireachtas.

Privilege and immunity of committees.

2. —(1) A member of either House of the Oireachtas shall not, in respect of any utterance in or before a committee, be amenable to any court or any authority other than the House or the Houses of the Oireachtas by which the committee was appointed.

(2) (a) The documents of a committee and the documents of its members connected with the committee or its functions,

(b) all official reports and publications of a committee, and

(c) the utterances in a committee of the members, advisers, officials and agents of the committee,

wherever published shall be privileged.

Short title.

3. —This Act may be cited as the Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Privilege and Procedure) Act, 1976.