parliamentary privilege

parliamentary privilege
parliamentary privilege
Special rights or privileges enjoyed by members of parliament, such as freedom of speech (not subject to slander laws), and freedom from arrest except on a criminal charge

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ˌparliamentary ˈprivilege 7 [parliamentary privilege] noun uncountable
the special right of Members of Parliament to speak freely in Parliament, especially about another person, without risking legal action

He made the allegation under the protection of parliamentary privilege.

 
Culture:
The ↑House of Lords has more such rights than the ↑House of Commons. Both Houses can, however, punish their own members for ‘a breach of privilege’ (= unsatisfactory behaviour in Parliament, or behaviour that makes Parliament look bad to the public)

She was accused of hiding behind parliamentary privilege.

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