Pre-legislative Scrutiny

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:20 am on 6th January 2004.

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Photo of Graham Allen Graham Allen Labour, Nottingham North 10:20 am, 6th January 2004

Does the hon. Gentleman accept that we need to find a way to break that cycle? It is incumbent on the House to change its culture and allow people e-mail access. If we do so, people will take politics seriously and participate more. Does he also accept the importance of introducing a schedule? If we included evidence taking in such a schedule, and if members of a particular community such as a group of war widows or claimants for disability living allowance knew that that opportunity existed, even if they did not have a PC, they would be aware that information relevant to them could be viewed at a known time. We would therefore reinforce their confidence, and their own confidence in the process would be reinforced because we would demonstrate that we are taking it seriously.