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


Letter from Mr Howard Flight MP to the Chairman of the Committee


  Graham Allen has kindly sent me a copy of his letter to you of 21 July with his proposals for Members of the legislature to elect their own Select Committees.

  I would like to add my name as a supporter of the proposals, albeit that I would prefer (as prescribed by the Clerks under the present parliamentary composition) the seven Labour, three Conservative and one minority participants to be elected as a House matter, with Labour MPs able to vote on Tory candidates and vice versa, rather than sticking to each Party voting for its candidates.

  I appreciate this may not be politically possible for the present, but I believe it is likely to achieve a better result in terms of de-Party politicising Select Committees, where Members of all Parties tend to know who has a worthwhile contribution/involvement to give in particular territories.

25 July 2001

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