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Social Security Committee

Volume 301: debated on Thursday 27 November 1997

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Motion made, and Question proposed,

That Siobhain McDonagh be discharged from the Social Security Committee and Mr. Paul Goggins be added to the Committee.— [Mr. McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It might be helpful for you to know that I have absolutely no objection to the hon. Member for Tatton (Mr. Bell) sitting on the Committee on Standards and Privileges, but I feel that the House should have a further opportunity to debate the procedures that that Committee adopts with regard to Members who are charged with some form of misconduct, because previous cases have shown that there is a denial of natural justice. I do not object to the hon. Member for Tatton personally, but I want to promote a debate.

I am sure that the right hon. and learned Gentleman recognises that that is a point of explanation and argument rather than a point of order for the Chair.