Letter from Mr Humfrey Malins CBE MP to
the Clerk of the Committee
I am responding to the paper on modernisation
and wish to make these points:
1. It is not wise to take steps which would
discourage Members from having outside interests. The fewer the
number that have outside interests, the poorer Parliament will
2. The more morning sittings we have, the
fewer the opportunities for members of the public, especially
youngsters, to go on organised tours around the Chamber, etc.
3. I chuckled when I read paragraph 43.
You say "Every year the press is critical of the prolonged
period without a parliamentary sitting". Many of the press
are themselves bone idle, and those who take them too seriously
are not only feeble minded but making a long term error. I think
we sit for too many months in the year.
4. There is periodic reference to our hours
not being family friendly. Has a calculation been made of the
number of MPs who have not only constituencies but families within
say an hour from Westminster? Whether it is family friendly to
deposit on the streets of London early every evening a vast number
of men and women with nothing else to do for the evening except
enjoy the entertainments provided by the City is a matter for
you to judge, I have my own view on this.
5. Will anyone, ever, understand that we
legislate too much? I doubt it.
17 December 2001