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Use of the Chamber (Youth Parliament)

Part of Royal Assent – in the House of Commons at 5:27 pm on 12th March 2009.

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Photo of Martin Salter Martin Salter Labour, Reading West 5:27 pm, 12th March 2009

I rise to support the motion as a member of the Modernisation Committee. I first wish to put on record a correction of what I am sure is a genuine misunderstanding on the part of Sir Nicholas Winterton. He said that this matter had not been before a Committee of the House, but that is patently untrue. In fact, the proposal has come not from the Executive but from an all-party Select Committee that includes the hon. Gentleman. It was agreed to without a vote in 2004. Recommendation 9 in "Connecting Parliament with the Public", the Modernisation Committee's first report of Session 2003-04, stated:

"We believe there is a case for reconsideration of the long-standing convention that only elected Members of Parliament may ever sit in the Chamber, which is in contrast to the practice of many other legislatures".

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