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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1505A1: tabled on 02 July 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 9 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Gordon Prentice on 25 June 2002. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'Parliament;' to end and add 'recognises however that there is no representation on the Liaison Committee from those political parties in government in Northern Ireland and in opposition in Wales and Scotland and that without such representation the Prime Minister's appearances would be worthless and an insult to the principles of devolution.'.

Original motion text

That this House enthusiastically welcomes the Prime Minister's decision to appear before the Liaison Committee in July and thereafter on a regular basis as one way of enhancing the accountability of his Office to Parliament; believes that the Committee with 34 members is far too large and unwieldy to perform the scrutiny function effectively in a three hour session; further believes that the chairmen of all domestic committees should be excluded from sessions involving the Prime Minister; hopes that the remaining members agree to divide into three groups, each one in turn quizzing the Prime Minister at length and in detail over the forthcoming three sessions; and further believes that no serious purpose would be served if the Liaison Committee is unable to put the Prime Minister under sustained and rigorous questioning, testing to the limit his views and the Government's policies.