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Jacob Rees-Mogg questioned on proxy voting and written parliamentary questions

7 January 2022

The House of Commons Procedure Committee will on Monday question the Leader of the House, Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, on matters including proxy voting and performance in answering written parliamentary questions (WPQs).


Monday 10 January 2022

At 4.15pm

  • Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Leader of the House

The Committee previously heard evidence from the Leader of the House on WPQs last year following correspondence with the Committee where the Leader agreed that it is the “fundamental right of Parliament that Members receive full and timely responses to parliamentary questions”. With Ministers responsible for more than 415 arm’s-length bodies, questions could include whether the Leader is satisfied with the present level of accountability they have to MPs – and by extension the public.

Monday’s evidence session will also see the Committee revisit the matter of proxy voting with the Leader, including the question of whether proxy voting should be extended to cover Members suffering from ill health.

The session builds on the back of previous evidence hearings last month including with senior parliamentarians Sir Bernard Jenkin MP and Harriet Harman MP.

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