Committee to take evidence on Private Members' Bills

23 November 2012

The Procedure Committee is undertaking an inquiry into private Members’ bills. Private Members’ bills are bills initiated by backbench MPs rather than Government ministers.

The Committee will be seeking advice from experts in constitutional affairs to guide the scope of the inquiry, before examining the role of private Members’ bills and the procedures under which they are dealt with by the House.


The Committee will hold an oral evidence session in connection with private Members’ bills on Wednesday 28 November 2012 in Committee Room 20, Upper Committee Corridor, House of Commons.


The witnesses are:

3.05 pm:

Professor the Lord Norton of Louth, Professor of Government, University of Hull
Dr Ruth Fox, Director of the Parliament and Government Programme, Hansard Society

As a result of transport problems caused by the bad weather, the third witness Professor Michael Rush, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Exeter, is now unable to attend this evidence session.

An uncorrected transcript of the session will appear on the Committee’s website within about a week of the date of the session. 

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