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New Inquiry: Lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

09 February 2011

The House of Commons Procedure Committee is launching an inquiry into lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

On 2 December 2010 the House passed a resolution inviting the Procedure Committee to bring forward proposals to implement the principle set out in the Twelfth Report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life that lay members should sit on the Committee on Standards and Privileges. The Committee has agreed to take this forward by conducting an inquiry with the following terms of reference:

To inquire into the privilege implications and practical considerations of lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, including the structure of the Committee, the participation of non-Members in select committee meetings and decisions, the number of lay members and the quorum, the appointments process for the lay members and other relevant matters; and to make recommendations.

The Committee invites written submissions which should arrive no later than Friday 18 March 2011.

E-mail submissions are preferred and should be in Word format (not PDF) and sent to [email protected]. Postal submissions should be sent to the Clerk, Procedure Committee, Journal Office, House of Commons, London  SW1A 0AA. Further information can be obtained from the Clerk at this address or by telephone on 0207 219 3318.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk on 0207 219 3318 to discuss this.

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