Select Committee on Constitution Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 340-341)



  340. Absolutely; this is the point made about committees, they are as important for what they can do as much as for what they do do, which is the deterrence effect of anticipating that one might be called before them. So that will be the route you would go down, and some element of statutory change though, in terms of putting principles into statute?
  (Dr Elphick) Would be seen to be helpful.

  341. So I think what you are telling us therefore is that these proposals you put forward would be desirable, they would be an improvement, we may never achieve the ideal, because you do have actually to achieve a balance between the different principles that are involved, so it is going to be difficult?
  (Dr Elphick) Yes. I do not think there is some silver bullet here, but there is a variety of things, which together will contribute.

Chairman: Fine; thank you very much. Those really are all the questions, I think. We have covered all the ground that we wished to, in terms of the paper you have put in to us, and you pointed us in a number of very useful directions, and we take the points you make. It is surprising perhaps that we have witnesses from outside Parliament coming in and saying we must set up a committee to do work, and Parliamentarians questioning whether this will actually cope with the recommendations that are being put to us. But the material you put to us has been extremely helpful, you will have seen the way in which its comments ties in with the earlier evidence, and also it does tie in with much of the material that has been put in to us by other bodies. We are extremely grateful to you for your paper and for being with us this afternoon. Thank you very much indeed.

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