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Recall of Honourable Members

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 12th February 2013.

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Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office 11:30 am, 12th February 2013

As I think the hon. Gentleman knows—if not and if confusion persists, I am happy to take it up with him outside the Chamber—the coalition put forward a set of proposals that included a double set of conditions: first, that the Member should have been found to have engaged in serious wrongdoing; and secondly, that at least 10% of constituents should have signed a petition calling for the recall. In our proposals, the first of those conditions contained two triggers. It is now for the House and the Government to work together to make sure that that works. We must be sure not to trespass on the House’s exclusive cognisance—I think the hon. Gentleman knows that and of course you do, Mr Speaker —and I look forward to ensuring that the process is transparent, robust and fair.