Conclusions and recommendations |
events which followed the publication of the then Treasury Committee's
Report on Cash Machine Charges, including the recent success of
the ATM working group in securing a commitment to the introduction
of over 600 new non-charging cash machines, demonstrate the value
of active commitment to follow-up activities by a Committee and
its Chairman. These events also demonstrate that debates on select
committee reports in Westminster Hall can play a vital role in
pressing for action following the Government response to a Report
and that ministerial engagement can play a crucial role in delivering
action following a Committee Report. We commend the work of all
involved. (Paragraph 42)
Relations with HM Treasury and other public bodies
expect to receive Government responses to our Reports within two
months of publication or, where that deadline would fall when
the House of Commons is not sitting, before the House returns.
In any case where the Treasury considers that there are sound
reasons why this timetable cannot be adhered to, we expect to
receive a letter from a Treasury Minister setting out those reasons.
3. We have no wish
to encourage the Government to reject any of our recommendations.
However, where the Government does not propose to act on a specific
recommendation, it should be willing to say so, giving reasons,
and not simply to ignore the recommendation. Furthermore, when
Treasury Ministers and officials give oral evidence, we consider
it reasonable to expect them to be familiar with previous Committee
recommendations, and any relevant Government action or inaction
in response, in the policy fields for which they are responsible.