Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Administration) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1978.

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Photo of Mr Francis Pym Mr Francis Pym , Cambridgeshire 12:00 am, 12th April 1978

I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for that interruption. Perhaps I gave an exaggerated impression of their freedom to travel, but I have discussed this matter with my right hon. Friend the Member for Taunton, (Mr. du Cann), who is Chairman of the Liaison Committee, and he is extremely worried about this arrangement and he, as I believe the right hon. Gentleman knows, would prefer that, in addition to or separately from that, it would be advantageous if there were some other way in which the House could decide whether a request from a particular Select Committee was an acceptable idea. In the context of the Bill, when we are talking about "any other expenses"—and we are talking about tens of thousands of pounds—it seems to me that this is something that we might ask the Commission to take on board as well.