Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter from Chris Ruane MP to the Committee

  I congratulate the Committee on this report which is totally sensible in the arguments it makes and the bold suggestions and some compromises that it offers. As the father of two small children, representing a constituency in North Wales I strongly support the need to make effective use of the time we spend in London and I am broadly in agreement with the report. As a teacher until I was elected in 1997, I have been part of a profession where constant change and examination of working practices was expected as it has been in many other fields of life in the UK. I feel that as MPs we should be just as willing to examine the effectiveness of the way we work and to accept change if necessary.

  Point 28: I fully support this point. I have no objection to working hard and working long hours but found that it was incredibly frustrating to be separated from my young family in order to wait around for votes which may or may not take place in the middle of the night.

  Point 29: The working practices of the House should not need to consider outside business interests of Members.

  Points 33 to 35: I support these priorities

  Point 40: strong support for making the parliamentary calendar more predictable.

  Point 44: I support this proposal which would be entirely sensible

  Points 47 to 48: I support the introduction of electronic voting on multiple divisions with Members attending in person as a sensible way of starting to modernise our voting a step at a time.

31 January 2002

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