Oral Answers to Questions — Select Committees (Notices of Motions)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th November 1979.

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Photo of Mr John Farr Mr John Farr , Harborough 12:00 am, 13th November 1979

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I seek your guidance on the opportunities that exist for Back-Bench Members to amend, discuss or generally debate notices of motions that appear upon the Order Paper for this day's sitting. I have particularly in mind the opportunities for hon. Members on both sides of the House to discuss the contents of motions Nos. 26 to 39 relating to the composition of the Select Committees of this House. For example, I feel that if an opportunity were given for hon. Members to discuss the criteria by which the Committee of Selection made its choices, and the information that was given to it, it would be of great help to many hon. Members.

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

How the Select Committee does its work is, of course, a matter for the Select Committee and the House, but not for me. No doubt the hon. Gentleman will have an opportunity to express his opinion on the motions when they come before the House.