Speaker’s Statement: Select Committee Chairs

– in the House of Commons at 6:49 pm on 29 January 2020.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, House of Commons Commission, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission 6:49, 29 January 2020

We now come to the announcement of the results for the election of Select Committee Chairs. The results for Chairs who were unopposed were announced on Monday and the election for the contested votes were held by secret ballot today. Five hundred and eighty-six ballot papers were submitted. The results are as follows:

CommitteeElected
DefenceMr Tobias Ellwood
Digital, Culture, Media and SportJulian Knight
Environmental AuditPhilip Dunne
Foreign AffairsTom Tugendhat
Health and Social CareJeremy Hunt
International DevelopmentSarah Champion
International TradeAngus Brendan MacNeil
JusticeSir Robert Neill
Northern Ireland AffairsSimon Hoare
PetitionsCatherine McKinnell
ProcedureKaren Bradley
Public Administration and Constitutional AffairsMr William Wragg
Science and TechnologyGreg Clark
TransportHuw Merriman
Work and PensionsStephen Timms

I congratulate colleagues who have been elected and thank all the candidates for taking part. The full breakdown of voting in each contest is set out in the paper that will be available shortly from the Vote Office and on the website. The Members elected take up their positions formally when the Committee has been nominated by the House.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Earlier this week at Health questions, my right hon. Friend Greg Hands raised a question about scaremongering around the Parsons Green walk-in centre. The Parsons Green walk-in centre is not closing and anyone who claims that is not following the facts, but I wanted to come to the House at the earliest moment to apologise, Mr Speaker, to you, to the House, and to Andy Slaughter, because I did not follow the parliamentary custom of letting him know in advance that I was going to mention him. I am afraid that I did not know the subject was going to come up, although I should not have been surprised given my right hon. Friend’s assiduousness. I do not apologise for the substance of what I said, nor for the force with which I said it, because I think that this sort of scaremongering worries the most vulnerable, but I do apologise for not letting the hon. Member know in advance.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

I am very happy to retract that and I hope that this will be the end of the matter.