Standing Orders Etc. (Energy and Climate Change)

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 10:29 pm on 28th October 2008.

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Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) 10:29 pm, 28th October 2008

May I push the hon. Gentleman back a little in his argument? Surely it is for the Government to determine the structure of government and the structure of Departments, but it is the business of the House to determine how those Departments are scrutinised. My problem with the principle behind tonight's proposal is that we are being presented with an edict from this Government on the structure of a Committee that is being set up to scrutinise this Department, and, consequently, the three existing departmental Select Committees, chaired vigorously by members of the Opposition parties, are having their powers diluted in favour of the new departmental Select Committee, which will, presumably be chaired by a Government Member.

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