Letter from the Hansard Society to the
Chairman of the Committee
The Hansard Society Commission on Parliamentary
Scrutiny considered oral and written questions and made a number
of recommendations in its final report, The Challenge for Parliament;
Making Government Accountable. I understand that a copy of
the report has recently been sent to every Member of Parliament.
The Commission did not consider the subject of electronic tabling
of questions but looked at other possible reforms to system of
My colleague Dr Stephen Coleman, who is an expert
on the use for democracy of the new electronic media has been
investigating the question of electronic tabling of questions
and motions and will complete and submit an additional short piece
of evidence on this.
7 December 2001