Procedure Committee

Session 2002-3  5 December 2002


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

The Procedure Committee has decided to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into procedures for debates and for private Members' bills, and the powers of the Speaker. Among the subjects which the Committee expects to consider are:

  •  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 Committee plans to take oral evidence in the new year, and would welcome written evidence on any of the individual topics listed or other issues falling within the general scope of the inquiry.

Written evidence may be posted to the Clerk of the Committee, Simon Patrick, at the Journal Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, or e-mailed to [email protected]. It would be helpful if such evidence could arrive by Friday 10 January.

A guide for those planning to give oral or written evidence to select committees is available from the Clerk or on the internet.