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Select Committees – core tasks

Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013

On 20 June 2002, the members of the Liaison Committee agreed a set of ten core tasks for Select Committees to guide their work. In November 2012 the Liaison Committee published a report, Select Committee, effectiveness, resources and powers in which it proposed changes to the current core tasks. This note compares the 2012 version to the 2002 version of the core tasks with a number of earlier proposals and provides a brief background to the introduction of the core tasks in 2002.

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On 20 June 2002, the members of the Liaison Committee agreed a set of ten core tasks for Select Committees to guide their work.

In 2009 the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons published its report Rebuilding the House in which it recommended that the Liaison Committee introduced a number of further improvements to the system of select committees.

In November 2012 the Liaison Committee published a report, Select Committee, effectiveness, resources and powers in which it proposed changes to the current core tasks. It also set out objectives for itself; suggested objectives for other select committees; and provided guidance for committee chairs.

This note compares the 2012 version to the 2002 version of the core tasks with a number of earlier proposals and provides a brief background to the introduction of the core tasks in 2002.

Commons Briefing papers SN03161

Authors: Richard Kelly; Agnieszka Suchenia

Topic: House of Commons

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