Proposals for 2019–20 special inquiry (formerly ad hoc) committees sought

13 November 2018

Liaison Committee Chairman Lord McFall invites members of the House to put forward their proposals for special inquiry committees in 2019-20.

Special inquiry committees are appointed to undertake a particular inquiry and cease to exist once they have reported to the House. Members are invited to send their suggestions for inquiry topics for special inquiry committees.

In previous years the proposals we have received have ranged from a sentence or two to several pages. In order to provide greater consistency, this year the Committee is inviting all members submitting proposals to use headings suggested by a form prepared by the Committee. Copies of the form will be available from the Printed Paper Office. If you would like an electronic form please email hlliaisoncmttee@parliament.uk.

All ideas submitted by the deadline will be considered by the Liaison Committee using the following criteria for selection:

  • Makes best use of the knowledge and experience of Members of the House
  • Complements the work of Commons departmental select committees
  • Addresses areas of policy that cross departmental boundaries
  • The activity proposed should be capable of being confined to one session.

The Liaison Committee expects to recommend up to four proposals for new special inquiry Committees (including a post-legislative scrutiny committee) for appointment early in the new session.

Proposals should be sent to the Clerk of the Liaison Committee, Philippa Tudor, in the internal mail or – preferably – by email: hlliaisoncmttee@parliament.uk no later than 20 December 2018.

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