Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons First Report



The Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons

The Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons is appointed to consider how the practices and procedures of the House should be modernised. Its constitution and powers are set out in the temporary Standing Order made on 4 June 1997.

The Committee has a maximum of fifteen members, of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is five. The members of the Committee are appointed by the House and unless discharged remain on the Committee until the dissolution of Parliament, when the Committee itself will cease to exist. The present membership of the Committee is as follows[1]:

    Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP (Labour, Derby South)[2]
    Mrs Angela Browning MP (Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton)[3]
    Mr Ivor Caplin MP (Labour, Hove)[4]
    Rt Hon Sir Peter Emery MP (Conservative, East Devon)[5]
    Ann Coffey MP (Labour, Stockport)[6]
    Mrs Lorna Fitzsimons MP (Labour, Rochdale)[7]
    Helen Jackson MP (Labour, Sheffield, Hillsborough)[5]
    Mr Peter L. Pike MP (Labour, Burnley)[5]
    Mr Gordon Prentice MP (Labour, Pendle)[8]
    Mr Richard Shepherd MP (Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills)[9]
    Mr Clive Soley MP (Labour, Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush)[5]
    Mr Andrew Stunell OBE MP (Liberal Democrat, Hazel Grove)[5]
    David Taylor MP (Labour, North West Leicestershire)[10]
    Mr Paul Tyler CBE MP (Liberal Democrat, North Cornwall)[5]
    Mr Nicholas Winterton MP (Conservative, Macclesfield)[5]

    On 7 September 1998 the Committee elected Margaret Beckett as its Chairman.[11]

The Committee has the power to require the submission of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, and to make Reports to the House. In the footnotes to this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number, and references to the written evidence are indicated by 'Ev' followed by a page number.

The Committee may meet at any time (except when Parliament is prorogued or dissolved).

The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the internet at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/modhome.htm. A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the end of this volume.

All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons, Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general inquiries is: (020) 7219 3318; the Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected]


1  Mr Joe Ashton MP (Labour, Bassetlaw) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 23 February 1998.

Mr David Drew (Labour, Stroud) was appointed on 3 February 1998 and discharged on 20 January 2000.

Mr Huw Edwards MP (Labour, Monmouth) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 3 February 1998.

Rt Hon Alastair Goodlad MP (Conservative, Eddisbury) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 27 June 1997.
Mr Mike Hall MP (Labour, Weaver Vale) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 5 November 1998.

Sir Patrick Cormack MP (Conservative, South Staffordshire) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 30 July 1997.
Rt Hon Mrs Gillian Shephard MP (Conservative, South West Norfolk) was appointed on 27 June 1997 and discharged on 5 June 1998.
Rachel Squire MP (Labour, Dunfermline West) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 1 February 1999.

Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Labour, Milton Keynes South West) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 16 April 1999.
Rt Hon Mrs Ann Taylor MP (Labour, Dewsbury) was appointed on 4 June 1997 and discharged on 29 July 1998.

Mr Stephen Twigg MP (Labour, Enfield, Southgate) was appointed on 23 February 1998 and discharged on 9 February 2000.
Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP (Conservative, North West Hampshire) was appointed on 5 June 1998 and discharged on 25 October 2000. 
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2  Appointed on 29 July 1998. Back

3   Appointed on 25 October 2000. Back

4   Appointed on 5 November 1998. Back

5   Appointed on 4 June 1997. Back

6   Appointed on 9 February 2000. Back

7   Appointed on 16 April 1999. Back

8   Appointed on 1 February 1999. Back

9   Appointed on 30 July 1997. Back

10   Appointed on 20 January 2000 Back

11   Mrs Ann Taylor was Chairman of the Committee from 11 June 1997 to 29 July 1998. Back


 
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