Patrick_Manning 2 Former Prime Minister, Patrick Manning, has failed in his motion in the parliament to be allowed the use of legal representation with him when he goes before the Privileges Committee of Parliament.

He argued the Committee has a lot of power and members should be given the opportunity to protect themselves as suspension can result in serious consequences.

Mr. Manning was sent before the Privileges Committee of Parliament when he claimed Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar, was building a home worth 150 million dollars on the SS Erin Road.

The claim was denied by Mrs. Persad Bissessar.

The Former Prime Minister also contended there is need for the Standing Orders to be updated and be in line with the constitution.

However, Justice Minister and MP for St Joseph, Herbert Volney, during his contribution to the debate insisted the constitution and the Standing Order of the House shed no light on the position put forward by the MP for San Fernando East.

During a vote on the matter there was division among the opposition.