Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons First Report



Members present:

Mr Robin Cook, in the Chair

Ann CoffeyJoan Ruddock
Mrs Lorna FitzsimonsMr Martin Salter
Barbara FollettMr Andrew Stunell
Mr David KidneyMr John Taylor
Mr Greg KnightMr Paul Tyler
Anne PickingMr Nicholas Winterton
Mr Peter Pike

Draft Report [Select Committees], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 17 read and agreed to.

Paragraphs 18 to 23 read.

Motion made, to leave out paragraphs 18 to 23 and insert the following new paragraphs:

"18.  The Chairman of Ways and Means would invite Members to write to him indicating the select committees on which they would be interested in serving and giving reasons why such an appointment might be appropriate.

19.  It is then for the Committee of Nomination to examine the applications, taking into account Members' experience both inside and outside the House (including any period of service on the relevant committee), their qualifications and their special interests. If Members felt that they had been unfairly treated by the Committee of Nomination they would be able to make further representations.

20.  It would be essential for the Committee of Nomination to behave with the utmost impartiality. In order to preserve the impartiality of the Committee, any member of it who wished to serve on a particular select committee would take no part in the consideration of nominations to that committee.

21.  The final decision in all cases would rest with the House itself, as it does at present.

22.  Casual vacancies which arose during the course of the Parliament after the committees had been established would be filled in a similar way: the Committee of Nomination would bring forward a motion to discharge one member and add another in the light of applications from Members of the same party, which it would scrutinise in the same way as the original nomination. The Committee would also have regard to any representations made by individual Members."—(Mr John Taylor.)

Motion made, and Question put, That the paragraphs be read a second time:— It was negatived.

Paragraphs 18 to 23 agreed to.

Paragraphs 24 to 35 read and agreed to.

A paragraph—(Mr Paul Tyler)—brought up, read the first and second time, amended and inserted (now paragraph 36).

Paragraphs 36 to 41 (now paragraphs 37 to 42) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 42 (now paragraph 43) read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 43 to 58 (now paragraphs 44 to 59) read and agreed to.

List of recommendations read, amended and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee of the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

  [Adjourned till Wednesday 13th February at half-past Nine o'clock.

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