Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds I always look at the Chamber and think the Chamber is the great place of the House, this is to me, what belongs to the backbenchers. The vast majority of Members of Parliament are not ministers, and the responsibility of Members of Parliament, apart from handling casework for their constituents, is to come to the Chamber and to probe, question, scrutinise, challenge. However, will the minister confirm that the Health and Social Care Act creates more quangos than the Public Bodies Act abolished? One of the real, main functions of Parliament is to scrutinise Government. Members will do that through questions, both written and oral, so it’s not just the questions on the floor of the House.
Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds Often, MPs have their own one-to-one meetings with ministers, if they’ve got a particular local interest, MPs are on select committees, and they hold inquiries, and then, of course, there’s the Backbench Business Committee. Of course, there’ll be emergency items that can be brought to the House at times. You know, there could be an emergency statement, big issues that can really affect that country, quite rightly. Parliament has got to reflect, not something next week, but something that’s immediate, and that’s the power of the Chamber.
The vast majority of Members of Parliament are not ministers and the responsibility of Members of Parliament apart from handling casework for their constituents is to come to the Chamber and to probe, question, scrutinise, challenge.
Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons
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