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Standing Committees (Membership)

Volume 894: debated on Thursday 26 June 1975

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On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I ask for your guidance on a matter affecting the rights of back benchers of this House?

I have twice spoken in Second Reading debates on subjects in which I have an interest and have indicated through the usual channels a desire to he on the Standing Committees considering those Bills. I do not wish in any way to criticise the Committee of Selection but I would like to ask your advice as to how I can criticise the usual channels which filter through to the Committee of Selection the names of people least likely to cause trouble in their eyes but also least likely to contribute the views of backbench Members of this House? I beg your guidance.

This is clearly a matter in which I ought to walk delicately. I will consider this and see whether I can in any way help the hon. Lady.

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. This motion refers to the North-West of England Standing Committee on Regional Affairs. Would it not be correct for you to state from your office that every Member representing constituencies in the North-West should be represented on that Standing Committee?

I do not think that that is a matter which is for me today. Again I will consider the point raised by the hon. Member.

The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(Mr. Edward Short)

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I point out that every English Member is a member of the Committee?

Question put and agreed to.