Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons First Report


59. Our conclusion is that the select committees have served Parliament and the public well. They have enabled Members of Parliament to hold the Executive to account through more rigorous scrutiny than is possible on the floor of the House and they have brought before the public matters which otherwise might have remained concealed. Our recommendations build on that solid record by offering an expanded role for the scrutiny committees and additional resources to match the wider workload. The new system of nominations which we propose will guarantee the independence of the select committees and ensure that the process of their selection is transparent. Our proposal for an alternative career structure for those Members of Parliament who choose to specialise in scrutiny will enhance the status of the scrutiny committees and our proposals for improved communication of their work will enable them better to connect with the public. We believe that this package will strengthen the ability of Parliament to keep the Executive under effective scrutiny and we commend it to the House.

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