26 January 2006
MPS TO QUESTION PRIME MINISTER
MPs on the Liaison Committee have today announced details of their second evidence session with the Prime Minister in the new Parliament.
The meeting will take place on
Tuesday 7 February at 0900 hrs. The session usually lasts for up to two and a half hours with MPs expected to question the Prime Minister on a range of domestic and international affairs.
Questioning will be based on a limited number of themes selected in advance. Notice of the questions is not given to the Prime Minister.
The session will be held in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House and will be open to members of the press with Houses of Parliament passes and other passholders. A viewing room for non-passholders from the press and public will be available nearby in Portcullis House.
The Boothroyd Room is equipped with television cameras for broadcasting. The session will also be available on Parliament's internal television network and will be webcast live on
An uncorrected transcript of this hearing will be placed on the internet at
www.parliament.uk as soon as possible following the evidence session.
Notes for Editors:
1. This is the eighth session of oral evidence given to the Committee by Tony Blair. The session is part of a series of recent reforms to the select committee system aimed at strengthening parliamentary scrutiny of government.
2. The Committee is chaired by the Rt Hon Alan Williams MP (Labour, Swansea West) and includes the 30 Chairs of Select Committees. Committee membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP, Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP, Rt Hon Alan Beith MP, Sir Stuart Bell MP, Malcolm Bruce MP, Sir Patrick Cormack MP, Rt Hon John Denham MP, Mr Andrew Dismore MP, Mr Frank Doran MP, Hon Gwyneth Dunwoody MP, Rt Hon Eric Forth MP, Dr Hywel Francis MP, Mike Gapes MP, Mr Jimmy Hood MP, Rt Hon Michael Jack MP, Rt Hon Greg Knight MP, Mr Edward Leigh MP, Peter Luff MP, Rt Hon John McFall MP, Rosemary McKenna MP, Andrew Miller MP, Mr Terry Rooney MP, Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP, Mr Barry Sheerman MP, Dr Phyllis Starkey MP, Mr John Whittingdale MP, Mr Phil Willis MP, Dr Tony Wright MP, Mr Tim Yeo MP, Rt Hon Sir George Young MP. It is appointed to consider general matters relating to the work of select committees; to advise the House of Commons Commission on select committees; to choose select committee reports for debate in the House; and to hear evidence from the Prime Minister on matters of public policy.
3. Further information: Jessica Bridges Palmer 020 7219 0724,