There is not and cannot be any similar prohibition on questioning the meaning of the statutes which result from those proceedings. Under the judgement in Pepper v Hart, the courts may look at speeches in Parliament in order to understand the meaning of those statutes and for no other purpose.
I therefore believe that Lord Rees-Mogg was unwise to begin his current action while proceedings in Parliament were still in progress. Now that parliamentary proceedings are concluded, Lord Rees-Mogg has every right to test the meaning of the resulting statute in the courts. The Speaker, unlike Mr Benn, understood this very well.
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