COMMONS

MPs questioned on impact of the Wright reforms

07 May 2013

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee will hold its fourth oral evidence session on its inquiry into Revisiting Rebuilding the House: the impact of the Wright reforms.

Thursday 9 May 2013 at 11.00 am, Committee room 15, Palace of Westminster

Witnesses

At 11.00 am

  • Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP

At 11.30 am (approx)

  • Clive Betts MP and Pete Wishart MP

At 12.15 pm (approx)

  • Natascha Engel MP, David Howarth and Graham Brady MP

On 24 November 2009, the Select Committee on the Reform of the House of Commons, chaired by Tony Wright, published its report Rebuilding the House.  The report began by stating: "The Committee aims to make the Commons matter more, increase its vitality and rebalance its relationship with the executive, and to give the public a greater voice in parliamentary proceedings."

Three years later, in December 2012, the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee announced an inquiry into the impact of the Wright reforms.

In this fourth session we will hear evidence from current and former Members of Parliament about the impact of changes to the Select Committee system, the operation of the Backbench Business Committee, and outstanding reforms such as the creation of a House Business Committee.

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