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Select committees: election of chairs and members

Published Friday, July 14, 2017

This briefing paper outlines the timetable for the election of chairs and members of select committees. It reports the allocation of chairs between the parties and the results of the election of committee chairs.

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The House elects the chairs of a number of select committees.  On 4 July 2017, the House agreed to a motion which proposed from which party each chair should be elected.

The Speaker announced that nominations would close at 3pm on Friday 7 July and that elections would take place on Wednesday 12 July.

In 2017, the Speaker announced the results on the day of the elections.

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

Topics: House of Commons, Members of Parliament, Parliamentary procedure

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