First Report - Selection Committee Contents


First Report of Session 2010-11 from the Committee of Selection


1.  The main role of the Committee of Selection is to propose to the House which Members should form each of the select committees or certain other Parliamentary bodies. The places on each committee or body are distributed to the parties and groups according to precedent; in other words, each party or group generally retains the same number of Members on each committee from session to session. However, the formation of a coalition government between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties poses the question of whether the distribution of places on each committee or body needs to be adjusted to reflect the new arrangements. In addition, it is necessary to consider whether the Usual Channels' representation on the domestic committees should remain as before.

2.  On the first point, the size of each party in the House is largely unchanged from the last Parliament. Moreover, the coalition government will not have a majority on any committee or body under the existing distribution arrangements. We have concluded that the formulation of a coalition government does not necessitate changing the distribution of places on the various committees and bodies, but this is on the understanding that the Government does not and should not have a majority on any of them.

3.  On the second point, we believe that the Conservative and Liberal Democrat members of the Usual Channels sit on the domestic committees on behalf of their party groups, rather than on behalf of the Government. We have concluded that the representation of the Usual Channels on the domestic committees should remain unchanged.

4.  In line with our conclusions, we propose the following Members to serve on the committees and bodies indicated. We shall make proposals in respect of the remaining committees in due course.


 
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