Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons Written Evidence

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 a member).

  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.

November 2006

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