PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE RELATING
TO THE REPORT
WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2002
Mr Robin Cook, in the Chair
|Ann Coffey||Joan Ruddock
|Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons||Mr Martin Salter
|Barbara Follett||Mr Andrew Stunell
|Mr David Kidney||Mr John Taylor
|Mr Greg Knight||Mr Paul Tyler
|Anne Picking||Mr 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
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
"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
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
Paragraphs 36 to 41 (now paragraphs 37 to 42) read and agreed
Paragraph 42 (now paragraph 43) read, amended and agreed to.
Paragraphs 43 to 58 (now paragraphs 44 to 59) read and agreed
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
[Adjourned till Wednesday 13th February at half-past Nine