Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons

6 September 2004  Press Notice No. 11  Session 2003-04


PUBLIC EVIDENCE SESSIONS

Scrutiny of  European Business:

The Committee will take evidence from the following witnesses:

Wednesday 8 September at 9.45 a.m.

Hon Gwyneth Dunwoody MP, Chairman, Transport Committee and Rt Hon Michael Jack MP, Chairman, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee

Wednesday 15 September at 4.20 p.m. (approximately)

Mr Roger Sands, Clerk of the House of Commons and Mr Liam Laurence Smyth, Clerk of Delegated Legislation

Sittings Hours of the House of Commons:

The Modernisation Committee recommended new sitting hours in July 2002 in its Report, Modernisation of the House of Commons: A Reform Programme (HC 1168, Session 2001-02).  The Committee recommended that the new sitting arrangements should be adopted initially for an experimental period and reviewed in the light of experience  The proposals were adopted by the House in October 2002 and came into effect at the beginning of 2003.  The new arrangements expire at the end of the present Parliament and the Committee is now reviewing their operation in order to inform the House’s decision about sitting arrangements in the next Parliament.

The Committee will take evidence from the following witnesses:

Wednesday 15 September at 3.45 p.m.

Mr Roger Sands, Clerk of the House of Commons and Mr Andrew Walker, Director of Finance & Administration