Committee of Selection and membership of general committees

The Procedure Committee is conducted an inquiry into the Committee of Selection and membership of general committees. The Committee of Selection is responsible for nominating Members to serve on general committees, which include Public Bill Committees, European Committees and Delegated Legislation Committees. The Committee would welcome comments on the following questions and proposals.

  • To what extent does the role of the Committee of Selection in nominating the membership of General Committees have an impact on the quality of Parliamentary scrutiny?
  • Should the Chair of the Committee of Selection be elected by the whole House, either for a single Session or for a Parliament?
  • Should membership of the Committee of Selection be determined by election, either by individual parties or by the whole House?
  • Should there be a limit on the number of Whips serving on the Committee?
  • Should the House be given an opportunity to vote on the membership of General Committees, as it has with Joint and Select Committees?
  • Is there merit in enabling Members of the House who are not members of the Committee to attend and speak, but not vote, in public bill committees (as they may do in European committees and delegated legislation committees)?
  • Is there a need for a Committee of Selection to determine the membership of General Committees at all?

The Committee is particularly keen to hear from Members who have had either particularly bad or particularly good experiences under the current system of selecting Members to serve on General Committees.

Comments are invited by Thursday 25 July 2013.

E-mail submissions are preferred and should be in Word format (not PDF) and sent to Postal submissions should be sent to the Clerk, Procedure Committee, Journal Office, House of Commons, London  SW1A 0AA. Further information can be obtained from the Clerk at this address or by telephone on 0207 219 3319.
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