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 Sydney Irving Mr Sydney Irving , Dartford 12:00 am, 12th April 1978

Does the right hon. Gentleman believe that there is another principle involved which has not been conceded? We are having Select Committees adopting a renewed vigour in challenging the Executive. It is true that there is a budget—I happen to be a member of the Liaison Committee mentioned by the right hon. Gentleman—but it is largely determined by the Government. Therefore, the Government determine the means by which the Select Committees adopt their actions to challenge the Executive. That seems to me to be a crippling form of arrangement if the Select Committees are really to do a full-blooded job of challenging the Executive. It further seems to me that, for the first time, it is conceded that while the House can determine its own estimates it should not be able to determine the estimates in respect of Select Committees.