Letter from John Hemming MP (M7)
The most effective mechanism for making backbenchers
more effective would be a parliamentary appeal process to handle
when ministers fail to adequately answer questions.
Hopefully it would be possible to ensure that
such questions would then be properly answered where giving a
proper answer is in the public interest. I have raised this issue
at the Procedure Select Committee. (A Committee of which I am
I would be happy to talk to the Committee about
this proposal and comparing the situation to that in Local Government
where there are enforceable rights to information if that suits.
My own attempt to enforce such rights through the courts is currently
at the Appeal Permission stage. I am happy to talk about this
as well if it is of any help.