Select Committees

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  • Are select committees effective in scrutinising the executive?
    • NO
      • A government with a majority in the Commons will also have a majority in the committees.
      • Ministers and civil servants may not provide much information when questioned, and access to documents may be denied.
      • They have no power to propose policy - governmentscan ignore recommendations made by select committees.
      • Some members do not attend regularly; some may be overly abrasive when questioning witnesses.
    • YES
      • Select committees scrutinise the policies and actions of government, conducting detailed examinations of controversial issues.
      • They question ministers, civil servants and outside experts, and can request access to government papers.
      • Many select committee recommendations are accepted by the government.
      • The election of chairs and members by mPs has enhanced the independeneof select committees.

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