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Standing Committees

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Lord President of the Council if he will take steps to refer to the Procedure Committee the question of ensuring that Standing Committees considering a Bill after Second Reading should always in the first place hold their meetings during the morning, and only arrange evening sittings, which clash with debates in the Chamber, if unsatisfactory progress is made in the morning sittings.

This matter is already within the terms of reference of the Select Committee on Procedure chaired by my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Warrington (Sir T. Williams). I have no doubt that the Committee will have noted the hon. Member's suggestion.