Procedure Committee

Session 2002-03  16 January 2003 ORAL EVIDENCE SESSIONS: PROCEDURES FOR DEBATES AND PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS, AND THE POWERS OF THE SPEAKER


Session 2002-03  16 January 2003 ORAL EVIDENCE SESSIONS: PROCEDURES FOR DEBATES AND PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS, AND THE POWERS OF THE SPEAKER

The following oral evidence sessions have been arranged:

Date

Organisation

Witnesses

Wed. 22 January

Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

"Parliament First" Group

Sir George Young MP                      Andrew Tyrie MP Tony Wright MP (Cannock Chase)  Mr Mark Fisher MP Mr Paul Tyler MP

Wed. 29 January

Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government

Alex Brazier, Senior Researcher on Parliament and Government Programmes

Peter Riddell, Vice-Chairman of the Hansard Society's Commission on the Scrutiny of Parliament

Wed. 12 February

House of Commons

Mr Roger Sands, Clerk of the House of Commons

These meetings will take place in public in a committee room at the House of Commons at 2.15 pm.  Those attending should check the committee room number on arrival.

Topics which the Committee plans to cover (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.