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Braithwaite Report

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th February 2006.

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Photo of Martin Linton Martin Linton PPS (Team PPS), Department for Constitutional Affairs 2:30 pm, 28th February 2006

When the Commission will reconsider the need for a review of the Braithwaite report on the administration of the House of Commons.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

The Commission plans to consider the matter shortly.

Photo of Martin Linton Martin Linton PPS (Team PPS), Department for Constitutional Affairs

I am glad to hear that, but since the original Braithwaite report recommended in 1999 that there should be a review in five years' time and since seven years have now passed, does the hon. Gentleman not feel that it is high time that there was a review—unless, of course, he believes that the administration of the House could not be improved?

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

The Commission agreed a little over a year ago that, as we were at the end of a Parliament, which coincides with a certain turbulence for House departments, it was not the right moment to start. If we go ahead this year, that will be seven years after the Braithwaite review, which was itself eight years after the 1990 inquiry by Sir Robin Ibbs, so the intervals seem about right.