Appendix 4: Correspondence between the
Chair and the private office of HM The Queen |
Letter from the Chair to Rt Hon Sir Christopher
Geidt KCB KCVO OBE, Private Secretary to HM The Queen, 10 March
As you may know, the Political and Constitutional
Reform Committee has been holding an inquiry into the formation
of governments after a general election. The Committee has been
considering the possibility of the House of Commons meeting shortly
after the General Election on 7 May to debate and confirm any
proposed arrangements for the formation of a new administration.
At its meeting yesterday the Committee discussed
with the Acting Clerk of the House and the Cabinet Secretary possible
arrangements for such a meeting of the House of Commons.
It would be helpful to us in considering any recommendations
we may make to the House if you could indicate the arrangements
which would in your view be necessary in order for Parliament
to meet on Monday 11 May so that the House of Commons may debate
the formation of a new administration.
It would be helpful to receive any response by Wednesday
18 March for circulation to the Committee.
I am writing in similar terms to the Acting Clerk
of the House, the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Cabinet Secretary.
Letter from Edward Young, Deputy Private Secretary
to HM The Queen, to the Chair, 16 March 2015
Thank you for your letter of 10th March,
addressed to Sir Christopher Geidt, regarding the possibility
of the House of Commons meeting shortly after the General Election.
It will be for the Government to determine the date
for Parliament to meet after the Election. In such matters The
Queen would always act on the advice of the Government of the