1.This report proposes two minor changes to the practice and procedures of the House relating to its select committees. There is a consensus in the Liaison Committee that these adjustments would enhance the effective working of the House’s committees. The proposals concern:
2.We raised these suggestions with the Procedure Committee and have taken account of its suggestions about the need to safeguard committee confidentiality and to ensure that the presence of Chair’s staff is only permitted by unanimous consent. We believe the proposals set out below contain the necessary safeguards and would be uncontroversial. We hope these can be agreed by the House on the basis of this report. In the case of the admission of Chair’s staff, we are proposing (as the Procedure Committee suggested) a pilot phase only at this stage.
29 March 2018