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Overview and Scutiny Committees

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2006, Official Report, column 2106W, on overview and scrutiny committees, why hon. Members cannot be co-opted onto OSCs. (81316)

As stated in my previous reply, overview and scrutiny committees (OSCs) have powers set out in the Local Government Act 2000 to co-opt non-voting members onto OSCs. These co-opted members can be:

a member of a committee of the county council or another local authority, for the purposes of relevant functions of the committee in relation to the county council; or

a member of a committee of the county council, for the purposes of relevant functions of the committee in relation to another local authority.

Therefore, hon. Members cannot be co-opted onto an OSC.