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Select Committees

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Lord President of the Council if he will move in the House a new Standing Order to require Select Committees to adjourn their meetings when a Division takes place in the Chamber and when important ministerial statements are being made.

No. These seem matters best left for Select Committees to decide for themselves.

asked the Lord President of the Council if, in view of the demands made on right hon. and hon. Members' time, he will re-consider the benefits or otherwise to the House of retaining the Select Committees.

No. Whilst I recognise that Select Committees make considerable demands on the time of hon. Members, they are an essential part of our proceedings.