Posted Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 16:36
On the Order Paper today is the notification of the joint committee to be selected to hear petitions against the Covanta proposal.
Tomorrow we will have further news and a link to the relevant section of the Parliamentary website with instructions how to petition and an outline of the proceedings. (UPDATE: the petitioning kit is available here)
The committee, which is more like a court hearing than a select committee as the proceedings are quasi judicial, will be made up of three members from the House of Lords and three MPs. As a Speaker's Panel Chairman I have asked to chair the committee, however, not only am I not allowed but I cannot even sit on the committee as I have a constituency interest.
A committee hasn’t sat like this in the Commons for over ten years. The committee will hear the petitions, deliberate and then cast a vote. Only people directly affected by the proposal are allowed to petition. This means everyone in all of Bedfordshire I would imagine, as who knows how far toxic fly ash will blow on a windy day!
More news tomorrow. Relevant action groups and councillors are already informed and on the case. Petitions have to be submitted by December 19th.
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
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