Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter from Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas MP to the Chairman of the Committee


  I recently received correspondence from Graham Allen MP, regarding the reform of Select Committee election procedures. I have considerable sympathy for his views on this issue.

  It is no longer permissible for large companies to audit their own affairs, and therefore I believe it is anathema for the Government to select its own auditors in a similar fashion.

  Members of Parliament seeking election to Select Committees should have the overwhelming approval of their fellow MPs for them to secure appointment.

  I would be grateful for your views on this matter, as I generally support Grahams views regarding the restructuring of the Select Committee election process.

21 August 2001

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