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Select Committees

Select Committees

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Select Committees

  1. 1. Select Committees: How they work and how to get involved
  2. 2. Committees Departmental Temporary Internal Other scrutiny Joint
  3. 3. Scrutiny: What do Select Committees do?
  4. 4. Core tasks – overall aim To hold Ministers and Departments to account for their policy and decision-making and to support the House in its control of the supply of public money and scrutiny of legislation
  5. 5. Parliament (Westminster) • Commons, Lords and Monarch • holds Government to account • passes laws Government (Whitehall) • some MPs and some Lords, chosen by the Prime Minister • runs Government departments and public services
  6. 6. Vexing civil servants since 1668 “At the office all the morning, where comes a damned summons to attend the Committee of Miscarriages to-day, which makes me mad, that I should by my place become the hackney of this Office, in perpetual trouble and vexation, that need it least.” ~ Sam. Pepys
  7. 7. Revised core tasks Strategy Support for the House Bills Draft bills Policy Expenditure and performance Post-legislative scrutiny Appointments Public engagement European scrutiny
  8. 8. 5. Government reply 3. Report preparation 1. Inquiry initiation 2. Evidence gathering The inquiry process 4. Report publication The inquiry process
  9. 9. Select Committees in action!Select Committees: Members and staff Clerk Specialist 2-3 Administrative staff Chair Members Witnesses
  10. 10. Committees need you! 1. Submit written evidence • Terms of reference will be issued – ensure evidence addresses them • Check deadline dates • Use clear language – write for an intelligent non-expert • Suggest solutions as well as addressing problems • Contact committee Clerk to discuss your submission, and for advice
  11. 11. 2. Give oral evidence • Many hearings are fact-finding sessions.. Get your view on the record • Ask any questions before the session • Avoid jargon and too many acronyms • Arrive early! Committees need you!
  12. 12. 3. Respond to broader consultations, attend seminars, town hall meetings…
  13. 13. Many other ways… 1. Contact with staff (informal) 2. Become a Specialist Adviser (formal) 3. Keep up to date with committee activity: twitter, press notices, parliament.uk 4. Work placement?
  14. 14. Informal engagement is important
  15. 15. Further information contacts – Website: • www.parliament.uk; www.parliamrnt.uk/ecc – Twitter: • @UKParliament, @CommonsECC – Or get in touch: • ferratm@parliament.uk; ecc@parliament.uk

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