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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The Liaison Committee


Tomorrow (20th May) - there will be discussion and then a vote on a motion concerning the Chair of the Liaison Committee -

LIAISON (MEMBERSHIP) Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg
That -
(1) With effect for the current Parliament, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 121 (Nomination of select committees), the Members elected by the House or otherwise chosen to be chairs of each of the select committees listed in paragraph (2) shall be a member of the Liaison Committee;
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(2) The committees to which paragraph (1) applies are: ......
(3) Sir Bernard Jenkin shall also be a member, and the chair, of the Liaison Committee.

Amendment (a) 
Ms Harriet Harman 
Yvette Cooper 
Hilary Benn
Meg Hillier
Ian Mearns
Sarah Champion (plus others)...


Line 43, leave out paragraph (3) and insert-

“(3) The chair of the Liaison Committee shall be a current chair of a Select Committee.“.

Amendment (b)
Mr Peter Bone
Nigel Mills


Line 43, leave out paragraph (3) and insert-

“(3) The chair of the Liaison Committee shall not be a current chair of a Select Committee, but a member from the governing party, elected under arrangements made by the Speaker as if Standing Order 122 B applied.”.

It might sound a bit parochial - but there are key issues at stake. I would encourage you to read the Report prepared by the Hansard Society. It is called

"Who chooses the scrutineer? Why MPs should resist the government's attempt to determine the Liaison Committee chair" - and is available via the link below

https://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/publications/briefings/who-chooses-the-scrutineer-why-mps-should-resist-the-governments-attempt-to 

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