Term limits for select committee chairs in the 2017 Parliament Contents

Conclusions and recommendations

1.We consider that the maximum term of a select committee chair should be a period equivalent to two full Parliaments. Since the passage of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 the period equivalent to two Parliaments is ten years. (Paragraph 9)

2.We recommend that Standing Order No. 122A be varied in its application for the duration of the present Parliament by substituting the word “ten” for the word “eight”. (Paragraph 10)

3.Should the House accept the principle which underpins the remedy we propose above—that a select committee chair should serve no more than ten years—then we will make a further report with recommendations for how the principle should be given effect for future Parliaments. (Paragraph 13)

7 February 2018