Salter Speaks on ‘The Wright Committee’ Reform of parliament

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)

I am sure that the Leader of the House remains a committed reformer of Parliament, but thePrime Minister made the incredible commitment yesterday that he would implement all three tranches of the Wright Committee report. Will she assure the House that there will be an immediate vote as well as a full debate on 23 February on the resolution that the Wright Committee prepared, rather than any other device?

Harriet Harman (Lord Privy Seal, House of Commons; Camberwell & Peckham, Labour)

Actually, there are four tranches, as follows: the Chairs of Select Committees to be elected by the House, the membership of Select Committees, private Members’ motions that can be brought to the House to be debated and voted on, and the question of the House Committee. We want to take the opportunity to debate those matters and then adopt resolutions to give them effect. If, as I hope and expect, there is consensus in the House on those four areas, we want to get work under way. The point is to make a start on those matters over which there is the widest possible agreement.

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Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 11:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

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