BUSINESS QUESTION – GOVERNMENT RESPONSES TO SELECT COMMITTEES REPORTS – 22 June 2017

Dr Julian Lewis: I warmly welcome the positive engagement between the new Leader of the House and the shadow Leader of the House. Between them they can achieve a great deal for Back Benchers through these sessions. The Leader of the House will be aware that a number of Select Committees, including the Select Committee on Defence, had to publish reports in great haste because of the suddenness of the announcement of the general election. As there is a hiatus and no Select Committees scrutinising Departments at the moment, will she ensure that at least those Departments that are obliged to produce responses to reports will get on with the job so that Committees can consider those responses at the earliest opportunity?

[The Leader of the House of Commons (Andrea Leadsom): My right hon. Friend is right to raise this issue. Of course, Departments will respond just as soon as they can.]