Natural Justice

65 The Standing Orders provide some protections to people who appear as witnesses before a select committee or whose reputation may be impugned by the proceedings of or evidence given before a committee. These provisions may be relevant to officials when their personal conduct is under scrutiny by the committee. Potentially, this could occur in the context of a committee's review of departmental or agency performance, or when considering a bill, although it is more likely during a special inquiry. The provisions can be found in the guidance published by the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives entitled

Natural Justice Before Select Committees: A Guide for Witnesses . (An overview of the topics covered by this guidance is given in appendix 1).

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