116. We are not at this stage advocating the introduction
of a "Main Committee" even on an experimental basis.
It is a radical innovation which all Members will wish to consider
with care, not only as to the principle but as to how it might
work in practice. We have thought it right to set the idea out
in some detail so that Members can let us have their views on
the basis of as much information as possible. We invite all Members
to send us their comments both on the concept of a "Main
Committee" and on how it might work in practice by the time
the House returns from the Christmas recess. In the light of the
views expressed, we will then decide whether or not to undertake
further work on how such a proposal might be implemented.