Tuesday, June 07, 2005

No Home Affairs Select Committee = no scrutiny of Identity Cards Bill costs ?

The new Parliament is taking a long time setting up its Select Committees.

Richard Allan, the former Liberal Democrat MP makes the point on his blog that the reported delay by Geoff Hoon , the Leader of the House, in appointing Select Committees means that

"For example, the Home Secretary should be tested on the new estimates for the cost of ID cards by the Home Affairs Select Committee but this may not happen for months now."

So the Identity Cards Bill could easily be through the Commons or even on the Statute Book before the Home Affairs Select Committee gets to question Charles Clarke or Andy Burnham about the details.

Home Affairs Committee
The Committee is charged with examining the expenditure, policy and administration of the Home Office and its associated public bodies; and the administration and expenditure of the Attorney General's Office, the Treasury Solicitor's Department, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office (but excluding individual cases and appointments and advice given within government by Law Officers).

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