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Leader of the House written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Julie Morgan Julie Morgan Labour, Cardiff North

To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to make the proceedings of the House clearer to the public.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Chair, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal

Making the proceedings of the House clearer to the public is an objective to which the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House, which I chair, accords a high priority in its work and to which I am committed. In its recent report on the Legislative Process (First Report, session 2005-06, HC 1097) a number of proposals sought to address the issue, including recommendations relating to the naming of committees, provision of Explanatory Notes on Lords Amendments and possibly in due course on amendments tabled in committee, and greater information about Bills on the parliamentary website.

The House of Commons Commission, on which I sit, is also active in taking forward proposals area arising from the work of the Modernisation Committee in its inquiry in the 2003-04 session into Connecting Parliament with the Public.

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