Letter from the Rt Hon Lord Weatherill
DL to the Chairman of the Committee
I entirely agree with the comments in your letter
that last month's procedure did indeed bring the House into disrespect
and that being so it is absolutely essential for your Committee
to recommend a new procedure which will take into account the
fact that these days it seems that the Speakership is more or
less up for grabsin my day, if you wanted the job you certainly
would not get it!
So the answer to Question 1 is Yes, to Question
2, I would favour a secret ballot and made as simple as possible
on a first past the post basis. Question 3, I think that Tony
Benn's suggestion that there should be some form of preliminary
meetings with the various candidates is certainly worthy of consideration.
1 See Minutes of Evidence, page 1. Back