I have been contacted by constituents concerned about the motions debated in Parliament on 12 September relating to the Selection Committee.

These motions have been designed to ensure that the Government's working majority is available right across Parliament, both on the floor of the House and in committees. To suggest that this is either a 'power grab' or unprecedented is misleading - where there is an even number of members on a committee there will be parity with other parties; and a committee with an odd number of members will see a majority of one.  

This will ensure that detailed legislation can be dealt with in committee, as usual, rather than the Commons having to reverse amendments made by an Opposition-controlled committee, which would significantly restrict the amount of business Parliament can consider at this crucial time. When the Labour Government was faced with a similar situation in 1976 they also passed a motion for a majority of one in Standing Committees. The Government has now taken a similar, necessary measure, and put it to a vote, unlike how it was handled then.

The Government acknowledges the important role that Parliament plays in scrutinising, and often enhancing legislation. However it is also important that we are provided with the opportunity to implement the legislative commitments made in the Queen's Speech as well as to ensure that we leave the European Union in an orderly fashion.