London Affairs

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th June 1979.

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Photo of Mr Jock Stallard Mr Jock Stallard , Camden St Pancras North 12:00 am, 11th June 1979

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will consider the establishment of a Select Committee for London affairs.

Photo of Mr Norman St John-Stevas Mr Norman St John-Stevas , Chelmsford

The House will soon have an opportunity to consider the general question of our Select Committee structure and the proposals made by the Procedure Committee. I suggest that hon. Members await that debate.

Photo of Mr Jock Stallard Mr Jock Stallard , Camden St Pancras North

I am grateful for that reply. Is the Chancellor of the Duchy aware that the only chance that a London Member has to initiate a debate about London is to win a prize in Mr. Speaker's raffle for Private Members' motions—a 630-to-one chance? Does he agree that that is an inadequate procedure? May we have an assurance that we shall establish a Select Committee to consider London affairs?

Photo of Mr Norman St John-Stevas Mr Norman St John-Stevas , Chelmsford

The hon. Member underestimates his own success in this regard. This question, along with the question of other Select Committees, should be considered when we debate the report of the Select Committee on Procedure.