HC Deb 21 March 2000 vol 346 cc527-8W
52. Mr. Rammell

To ask the President of the Council what assessment she had made of the impact of the work of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons on the way in which the House operates. [114065]

Mr. Tipping

I refer my hon. Friend to the oral answers I gave earlier today to my hon. Friends the Members for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane) and North-West Norfolk (Dr. Turner),Official Report, column 853.

53. Mr. Gapes

To ask the President of the Council if she will make a statement on future plans to modernise the working hours of the House. [114066]

Mrs. Beckett

My hon. Friend will be aware that at present, we have experiments both on providing extra sittings in Westminister Hall and on bringing forward the hours of sitting on Thursday.

I have no further proposals to change sitting hours at present.