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Betsan Powys | 12:47 UK time, Monday, 4 February 2008

Does the Wilson doctrine which bars the covert recording of conversations between MPs and their constituents apply to Assembly Members? Now that may be what some of you regard as an academic question but it was asked this morning so here's the answer.

No, it doesn't. The convention dates from over 40 years ago and since there's been no statement extending it to the National Assembly or the Scottish Parliament, then AMs are not protected.

To that list starting with lawyers and doctors who might want to know why MPs are (meant to be) safe from bugging and they - who conduct plenty of confidential conversations - feel free to add AMs.

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