HC Deb 07 March 1962 vol 655 c373

Motion made, and Question proposed, That Mr. Edward Short be added to the Committee of Selection.—[Mr. Hughes-Young.]

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Mr. Speaker, before this Motion is carried by the House, I should like to know whether it is debatable?

Mr. Speaker

Has the hon. Member looked at Standing Order No. 109 relating to Private Business? He might find it helpful.

Mr. Hughes

No, Sir, I am not acquainted with that Standing Order, but I should like to know whether we have an opportunity of raising this question of the Committee of Selection, the Members who are appointed to it and the way in which it goes about its business. I raise this matter because yesterday attention was drawn to the fact that the Committee of Selection does not appoint its members in accordance with the general principle of democratic representation.

Mr. Speaker

We were then discussing one of the Standing Orders relating to Public Business. This Committee is covered by a Standing Order relating to Private Business. If the hon. Member wishes to oppose the Motion, the Chairman of Ways and Means will have to put it off.

Mr. Hughes

I wish to oppose it.

Motion being opposed, the debate stood adjourned.

Debate to be resumed Tomorrow.

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