Select Committees: Scrutiny à la carte?

  • David Natzler
  • Mark Hutton


The establishment of the departmental select committees in 1979 represented an attempt by the House of Commons to expose government to more systematic and more comprehensive scrutiny than had previously been possible. The Procedure Committee in its report proposing the new committee structure recommended —

There should be a reorganisation of the select committee structure to provide the House with the means of scrutinising the activities of the public service on a continuing and systematic basis.1


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  1. 4.
    Liaison Committee, Select Committees: Modernisation Proposals. Second Report, 2001–02, HC 692, para 25.Google Scholar
  2. 8.
    Liaison Committee, Shifting the Balance. First Report of 1999–2000, HC 300, March 2000.Google Scholar
  3. 9.
    Modernisation Committee, Connecting Parliament with the Public. First Report of Session 2003–04, HC 368, para 6, June 2004.Google Scholar
  4. 10.
    Michael Ryle and Peter G. Richards (eds), The Commons under Scrutiny, Routledge, 1988, pp. 183–4. See also pp. 14–19 above.Google Scholar

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  • David Natzler
  • Mark Hutton

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