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    Like I saw on TV today regarding "Taxation of Multinational Companies", I know there is a invite then the potential for summons, but do you have a right to silence at these hearings and are there any consequences if you refuse to answer?

    The parliamentary committees themselves have no penal powers. But they can report any activity to their parent House of Parliament and either House can then debate whether to condemn that individual for contempt of Parliament. The punishment could be a fine or a term of imprisonment.
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