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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 4th May 1995.

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Photo of Mr Clive Soley Mr Clive Soley Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee 3:32 pm, 4th May 1995

May we have a debate on the changing role of Back Benchers, not least of those on the all-party committees and the innovative evidence-taking committees, which have been set up by myself and others? Such committees are widely appreciated outside the House, but they create administrative problems and need to be developed within the structure of the House. Many of us would welcome a proper debate on that subject.