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


Letter from Sir Sydney Chapman MP to the Chairman of the Committee

  In the last Parliament I was Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee and, as such, was a member of the Liaison Committee.

  I very much support that Committee's reports seeking changes to various aspects of the Select Committees, including the ability of the House itself to select membership (rather than the Whips offices). It seems to me that it is wrong for the Government (effectively) to decide who and who should not be on each Select Committee.

  I believe that this view is widespread among our parliamentary colleagues and, while I appreciate that the selection for committees has now been made, I do believe that in future the system should be changed. In the meantime, any vacancies should be filled by the appropriate Party's MPs on what they feel is the most suitable method.

28 July 2001

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