HC Deb 08 May 2001 vol 368 c64W
Mr. Mackinlay

To ask the President of the Council if she will bring forward proposals to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons on measures to speed up the swearing in of hon. Members following a general election. [160315]

Mrs. Beckett

The procedure for swearing in is set out in the Parliamentary Oaths Act 1866 and I am afraid that radical change would require primary legislation. Those aspects within the House's control were examined by the Procedure Committee in Session 1995–96, and changes were made as a result of their recommendations.