Letter from the Leader of the Ulster Unionist
Party to the Chairman of the Committee
It is becoming of increasing concern that the
present restricted membership of Select Committees is preventing
representatives of the smaller minority parties from playing their
full part in scrutinising the work of the Executive.
The Ulster Unionist Parliamentary Party is willing
to collaborate with the other smaller minority parties with a
view to rotating membership on Select Committeeson an annual
basis during the life of a Parliamentwhere no minority
party other than the Liberal Democrats is currently represented.
I would therefore ask you to consider increasing
the membership of such Select Committees as necessary to enable
the smaller parties such as the Ulster Unionist Party to have
our own voice rather than be dependent on a much larger party
to represent our view.
Rt Hon David Trimble MP MLA
20 July 2001