Grand Committees

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

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Photo of Mr Simon Thomas Mr Simon Thomas Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the President of the Council if he will bring forward proposals to improve the legislative function of Grand Committees.

Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Parliamentary Secretary (Privy Council Office)

Standing Orders already provide for Bills to be referred to Grand Committees, and for Standing Committees on Welsh or Scottish Bills to contain Members from those countries, although I agree there is a great deal of variation in Grand Committee powers, and they might usefully be looked at in the light of devolution.

The Procedure Committee has said that it will keep the consequences of devolution under review, and the hon. Gentleman might wish to raise this with them.

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