Committee on Modernisation of
the House of Commons
3. The new Leader of the House, the Rt Hon
Robin Cook, has created a sense of expectancy by putting the method
of nomination and other select committee issues at the top of
the Modernisation Committee's agenda. We welcome the Leader's
statement that "Good scrutiny makes for good government".
Also welcome is the priority which he accords to the departmental
select committees as scrutiny's "most developed vehicle".
4. It is a challenging time, when a whole range
of new issues are emerging. The Modernisation Committee has already
taken evidence from our Chairman and we look forward to the publication
of its Report. The Leader of the House's Memorandum reflected
many of our aims, and we expect to be able to work with the Modernisation
Committee to carry improvements forward. We have agreed to appoint
a Sub-Committee to prepare our response. We intend to support
and intensify the pressure for positive reform.