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Standing Committee B (Composition)

Volume 887: debated on Thursday 6 March 1975

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On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I raise with you, Mr. Speaker, a matter which I think should warrant the attention of the House—namely, the composition of Standing Committee B? That Standing Committee on the Lotteries Bill is due to meet for the first time on Tuesday. The composition of this Committee, which has been published this morning, bears no resemblance to the way that the voting went on Second Reading, which was 302 in favour of the Bill and 64 against. Of the 17 members of the Standing Committee, only one hon. Member voted against the Bill.

I would suggest that possibly the composition of this Committee should be referred to the Committee on Procedure to see whether it can be re-selected.

I do not think that that would be appropriate, nor do I think that it is a point of order for me. No doubt it is a matter for the Committee of Selection to consider. The hon. Member has made an observation, but I do not think that there should be any criticism of the Committee of Selection unless it is on a substantive motion.