Speaker erupts at Cabinet’s ‘unacceptable’ snub of select committees in furious warning

Lindsay Hoyle stresses the 'importance' of select committees

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Sir Lindsay told the House of Commons that the sooner the issue of a lack of response to select committees was resolved the happier he would be. The Speaker also stated that the annoyance at the UK Government’s snubbing of select committees had come from both sides of the house rather than just the opposition parties.

Sir Lindsay said: “It is simply unacceptable that the committee has not had a response to the request made four weeks ago about a visit.

“That is discourteous to the committee and therefore the house.

“Ministers on the treasury benches will have heard this exchange and I hope this matter can be resolved speedily.

“I do say this is not coming from one side, this is coming from both sides of the house.

“Select Committees are important, they are important to scrutinise the Government’s business.

“It is important for the Government to recognise that.

“The sooner the better that this can be fixed, the happier I will be and so will the house.”

The Speaker of the House of Commons has issued a number of warnings to the UK Government this year.

Last month, he unleashed a furious warning to Boris Johnson and branded his statement on the UK’s Covid restrictions as “unacceptable” and “disrespectful”.

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Sir Lindsay was visibly furious that Boris Johnson had chosen to give his statement regarding the UK Government’s decision not to relax all coronavirus restrictions on June 21 at a press briefing rather than in the House of Commons.

The Speaker warned the Prime Minister that he will be watching him in the future.

Sir Lindsay said: “It is entirely unacceptable the Government did not make today’s statement announcement to the house first.

“It was disrespectful to our house and to our constituency.

“I want to say very clearly to the Government that this is not how this house should be treated.”

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He continued: “This house can be assured that I will be pursuing this matter with him.

“I do not find it acceptable at all, members of this house are elected to come here and serve their constituency not to serve them via Sky and BBC.

“The Prime Minister should be here, I am sorry if his dinner would have been affected.

“I was told he was in Brussels, I think the nearest Brussels tonight were the sprouts on his plate at the dinner being served.

“I say now Prime Minister, you are on my watch and I want you to treat this house correctly.”

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