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


Memorandum from Rt Hon Sir George Young MP (M10)

MAKING BETTER USE OF NON-LEGISLATIVE TIME

  Thursday has become the weakest link in the Parliamentary calendar. It used to be a fully-paid up member, but has become marginalised. This has put pressure on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  Moving PM's Questions to Thursday might open it up for more business—particularly if PM's Questions were in the afternoon.

  Opposition Days should be traded in, in part, for the right to demand statements which don't qualify under Mr Speaker's ruling, and are not volunteered by Government. This would make the Chamber more topical, and is also likely to increase attendance.

November 2006



 
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