If Parliament is thinking of bringing in these powers for people giving testimony in select committee’s I also think these powers should be applied to lying bastard ministers who lie to the house (Chris Grayling Over Audio Recording of Atos Assessments)?
Lying or misleading MPs during parliamentary committees could become a criminal offence.
Some of the committee’s members were said to be less than impressed with the former chief executive of Barclays and he was accused by one of ‘calculatedly and deliberately’ misleading Parliament.
It also follows a report which accused three former News International executives, Les Hinton, former editor of the News of the World Colin Myler and ex-legal boss Tom Crone, of misleading a House of commons inquiry into the phone hacking at the News of the World.
Powers to imprison those in contempt was used by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and between 1810 and 1880 there are 80 recorded cases.
However, in recent years, the powers have never been used and senior MPs are keen to consider whether prosecution might be a possibility in the future.
Parliament also has the power to impose fines and call miscreants before them but the last recorded incident of this was 1666.
In the U.S those found in contempt of a Senate or House Committee can be reported to the U.S Attorney for the District of Columbia for Grand Jury investigation.
It is believed certain committee members involved in the News International, Barclays and G4S inquiries are keen to follow this lead.