Committee of Selection (House of Commons)
The Committee of Selection is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Unlike the Commons' other select committees, the Committee of Selection exists by virtue of the House's Standing Orders for Private Business, its rules for bills that affect only specific organizations or individuals. Despite that, the committee is best known for appointing members of committees established under resolutions of the House and the Standing Orders for Public Business.
With few exceptions, notably the Committee of Selection itself, the Standards and Privileges Committee, and the Liaison Committee, only members of the committee acting on its behalf may nominate new members to committees or propose the discharge of members. Appointments to select committees are made through motions put before the House of Commons, while appointments to general committees (such as public bill committees) are made by the committee's own authority. With respect to private business, all private bills are automatically referred to the committee, which in turn either refers unopposed bills to the Unopposed Bill Committee and refers opposed bills to committees whose members it also appoints.
Role in the selection of public bill committees
The Committee of Selection performs a crucial, yet often overlooked function in scrutinising legislation. The current structure of the committee is dominated by party whips. This means that the government effectively chooses which MPs will scrutinise its bills. Advocates of reform highlight that the current organisation of the committee means that MPs who are subject specialists or may hold views contrary to the leadership of their party can be kept off public bill committees. Suggested reforms include limiting the number of whips that can serve on the committee and allowing MPs a vote on public bill committee nominations.
|Bill Wiggin MP (Chair)||Conservative||North Herefordshire|
|Alan Campbell MP||Labour||Tynemouth|
|Mike Freer MP||Conservative||Finchley and Golders Green|
|Rebecca Harris MP||Conservative||Castle Point|
|Stuart Andrew MP||Conservative||Pudsey|
|Jessica Morden MP||Labour||Newport East|
|James Morris MP||Conservative||Halesowen and Rowley Regis|
|Mark Tami MP||Labour||Alyn and Deeside|
|Owen Thompson MP||Scottish National Party||Midlothian|
- House of Commons Standing Order (Private Business) 109–111
- Standing Orders (Public Business) 85 & 86
- House of Commons - Political and Constitutional Reform Committee - Revisiting Rebuilding the House: the impact of the Wright reforms
- "Committee of Selection - Membership - Committees - UK Parliament". committees.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2020-09-06.