Beith and Bruce confirmed as Select Committee chairs

Liberal Democrat MPs Malcolm Bruce and Sir Alan Beith have been elected unopposed as Chairs of the International Development and Justice Select Committees respectively.  The positions were confirmed after nominations closed earlier tonight for all posts.

For the first time ever, Select Committees Chairs are being elected by a secret ballot of all MPs, after each Chairship was allocated to a political party in proportion to the number of MPs for each party. The committees allocated to each party were agreed by the House shortly before the Whitsun recess.

On moving the new arrangements, Leader of the House, Sir George Young said:

This is something of a landmark moment for Parliament. It is a clear break from the past. Gone are the days when the Government had the upper hand in appointing who scrutinised the Government. Now we are passing that power to the House. This was what was overwhelmingly endorsed in the previous Parliament, in accordance with the recommendations of the Wright report. We supported that from the Opposition Benches, and I am pleased to bring it before the House now from the Government Benches.

A further Select Committee will be established to scrutinise the role of Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister and the proposal of the Wright Commission to establish a Back Bench business committee will also be brought forward. Regional Select Committees, opposed by the Liberal Democrats, will not be reintroduced.

The full list of nominations is now available online.  The ballot will take place tomorrow (Wednesday), between 10 am and 5 pm.

Read more by or more about , , , or .
This entry was posted in News.


  • Joe Donnelly 8th Jun '10 - 9:21pm

    Brilliant stuff, If we can get the full Wright Committee proposals through. Maybe even push for the committees to have the right to compel evidence, call forward ministers for questions and that all supplementary budgets have to pass a relevant select committee vote. MP’s from around the house have been calling for those reforms and it truly would be a good step towards making our legislature balance the executive much better.

  • Malcolm Todd 9th Jun '10 - 8:55am

    To save me doing the research myself (is there an icon for “me so lazy”?), can anyone tell me how the rest of the Committee members are being selected? Is it the same old whips’ list, or will the new chair have some role?

  • Just FYI, the elections for select committee chairs are by AV.

  • “can anyone tell me how the rest of the Committee members are being selected? Is it the same old whips’ lis”

    They will be elected by the parliamentary groups using the system they prefer

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMichael 1 23rd Apr - 10:31pm
    @TonyH Thanks for your kind words - greatly appreciated! @David Evans I have a large degree of sympathy for much of what you say. Activism...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 23rd Apr - 10:18pm
    David E. Sorry, David, but that latest post of yours is gloomy nonsense. What 'objective measures' are those, when we keep hearing that we should...
  • User AvatarDavid Becket 23rd Apr - 10:01pm
    An Impressive start, four things this party should do today; Announce that: We will stop fracking We will stop opening new coal mines We willl...
  • User AvatarOnceALibDem 23rd Apr - 9:39pm
    Her MEP mailings on at least one occasion included material written by her husband (and employee) close to the MEP selection. When he came second....
  • User Avatarfrankie 23rd Apr - 9:23pm
    Intresting In 19 January 2012, two days after failing to become the Parliament president, Wallis announced her resignation, which took effect from 31 January...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 23rd Apr - 8:46pm
    Innocent Bystander: I did not say those who voted Leave were fooled. All the information I have seen seems to indicate that they are mostly...