Select Committee on Procedure Second Report


Letter from the Chief Whip, Ulster Unionist Party to the Clerk of the Committee

  I am writing in response to the letter from Mr Nicholas Winterton MP, dated 18 December 2001, requesting my party's views on the present process of appointing Deputy Speakers.

  Whilst we are more than satisfied with the work of the current Deputy Speakers, we do feel that the process of appointing them should allow greater consultation with all parties represented in the House of Commons.

  It can only be for the good that Deputy Speaker posts are filled without the need for a division. However, this outcome can only realistically be achieved in future if all parties feel they have been involved in the decision-making process which leads to the selection of approved candidates.

Roy Beggs MP

8 January 2002

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