Nomination of Members to Committees

Part of Business of the House (Today) – in the House of Commons at 9:30 pm on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 9:30 pm, 12th September 2017

I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for making that point. I was surprised that the official Opposition had not tabled an amendment to the motion, which I could have supported and I think he could have supported. I do not agree with his amendment because it simply removes part of the motion. A sensible amendment would have instructed the Selection Committee to ensure parity on all Public Bill Committees. What the Bill actually says is that if a Committee has an even number of Members, there will be parity. The simple answer would therefore be to ensure that all Committees had an even number of Members, but Labour did not table such an amendment.