Sunday, July 22, 2012

Lying or misleading Parliament should become a criminal offence, say MPs as Government considers using powers last used 150 years ago

Lying or misleading MPs during parliamentary committees could become a criminal offence.

The American-style powers are being discussed by senior MPs following Bob Diamond's testimony to the Treasury Select Committee.

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. Read More