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Lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges: Oral Evidence

11 May 2011

The Procedure Committee will hold a second oral evidence session in connection with its inquiry into Lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges on Wednesday 18 May 2011 in Committee Room 20, Upper Committee Corridor.

The witness is:

3.15pm Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP, Chair, Committee on Standards and Privileges

An uncorrected transcript of the evidence session will appear on the Committee’s website within about a week of the date of the session.

Background to the inquiry: On 9 February 2011 the Committee launched its inquiry into lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges. This was following the resolution passed by the House on 2 December 2010 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 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 uncorrected transcript of the Committee’s first evidence session in this inquiry with Dr Malcolm Jack, Clerk of the House of Commons, is available.

Guidance for those wishing to attend select committee meetings held in public can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-and-tours/ukvisitors/committees/.

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