Modernisation

House of Commons written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Labour, Stockport

To ask the President of the Council what plans he has for wider consultation of the public on modernisation of the House.

Photo of Ben Chapman Ben Chapman Labour, Wirral South

To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on progress in the modernisation of the House.

Photo of Mrs Anne Picking Mrs Anne Picking Labour, East Lothian

To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to improve the parliamentary scrutiny of Bills.

Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North

To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to make proposals for greater involvement of Select Committees in pre-legislative scrutiny.

Photo of Robin Cook Robin Cook Lord Privy Seal

During its current investigations into Select Committees, the Modernisation Committee has decided, for the first time, to take evidence in public. It has already heard from the Hansard Society, Professor the Lord Norton of Louth and from Lord Sheldon, the Chair of the Liaison Committee in the previous Parliament.

The Modernisation Committee has asked me to provide a strategy paper setting out the broader objectives for Commons reform, which I will present to the Committee at the end of the month.

I hope that the Modernisation Committee's proposals for reform will result in a Parliament that is relevant to voters, reflects their concerns and re-engages the public with the political process.

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