Bradley and Others, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Admn 21 Feb 2007

The claimant had lost his company pension and complained that the respondent had refused to follow the recommendation of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration that compensation should be paid.
Held: The court should not rely on evidence given by the Ombudsman to a parliamentary select committee committee: ‘to allow the evidence of a witness to a Select Committee to be relied on in court would inhibit the freedom of speech in Parliament and thus contravene article 9 of the Bill of Rights.’ Nevertheless findings of fact made by the parliamentary commissioner were binding on a government minister unless and until they could be shown objectively to be flawed or irrational or where there was genuinely fresh evidence.


Bean J


[2007] EWHC 242 (Admin), Times 27-Feb-2007, [2007] ACD 85, [2007] Pens LR 87




Pensions Act 1995, Bill of Rights 1689 9, Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967


England and Wales


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Appeal fromBradley and Others, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions CA 7-Feb-2008
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CitedKimathi and Others v Foreign and Commonwealth Office QBD 20-Dec-2017
Parliamentary privilege The claimants sought to have admitted as evidence extracts from Hansard in support of their claim for damages arising from historic claims.
Held: The court set out the authorities and made orders as to each element. . .
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Updated: 09 July 2022; Ref: scu.248944