Select Committee on Procedure Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter from the Rt Hon Eric Forth MP to the Clerk of the Committee

  Thank you for the notification of an inquiry into the system for PQs.

  I am broadly satisfied with current procedures, and see little need for change. I would oppose any loosening to permit tabling by e-mail, or anyone other than Members. This would risk inviting an avalanche of gratuitous, frivolous questions generated by an army of researchers.

  There may be some scope for reducing the deadline required to permit more topicality.

  It is possible that the rules regarding content are too restrictive, and simply work to protect the government of the day.

25 October 2001

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