This briefing paper outlines the timetable for the election of chairs and members of select committees in the three previous Parliaments (2010, 2015 and 2017). It reports the allocation of chairs between the parties and the results of the election of committee chairs in 2017.Jump to full report >>
The House elects the chairs of a number of select committees.
On the day after the election of the Speaker, the new Speaker informs the House which parties are entitled to select committee chairs that will be elected by the House and how many. The parties then propose which committees each will chair and put a motion before the House.
When this motion has been agreed, the Speaker confirms the timetable for nominating and electing chairs. Standing Orders provide that two weeks should elapse between the allocation and election of chairs but the Speaker can alter that time period.
On 16 January 2020, following the agreement of the allocation of chairs, the Deputy Speaker announced that elections would be held on Wednesday 29 January, with nominations closing at 4pm on Monday 27 January. The same timetable would apply for the election of the Chair of the Backbench Business Committee.
A list of those nominated is being published each day and is available with the Summary Agenda and Order of Business.
Following the election of chairs, the remaining members can be nominated. On 4 March 2010, the House endorsed “the principle that parties should elect members of select committees in a secret ballot by whichever transparent and democratic method they choose”. Following elections within parties, the successful candidates are formally proposed to the House by the Committee of Selection.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7176
Author: Richard Kelly