Procedure Committee

Session 2002-03      20 March 2003         Press Notice No.5


ORAL EVIDENCE SESSION:

PROCEDURES FOR DEBATES AND PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS, AND THE POWERS OF THE SPEAKER

The following oral evidence session has been arranged:

Date/time/location

Wednesday 26 March 2.45 pm.

Committee Room 18, Palace of Westminster

Witnesses

Mr Andrew Dismore, MP

Mr Chris Grayling, MP

Mr Norman Lamb, MP

Ann McKechin, MP

The meeting will take place in public in the Palace of Westminster (access: St Stephen's Entrance (opposite the back of Westminster Abbey)).  As Committee Rooms are liable to change those attending are advised to check the room location on arrival. 

The Committee Office recorded information line (020 7219 2033) provides details on select and standing committee meetings occurring within the next two days.  

Topics which the Committee plans to cover in this inquiry (but not necessarily every topic with every set of witnesses) include:

•Lists of speakers in debates (whether they should be published, and conventions about which Members are called and when, including that of calling Members from alternate sides)

•Printing undelivered speeches in the Official Report

•Private Members' Bills: procedures and the time made available for debates on them

•The Speaker's role in the recall of the House

•The rights of opposition and backbenchers in initiating debates.

•The Royal Prerogative as it affects Parliamentary procedure.