In this blog we look at the 20 select committees whose job is to scrutinise specific government departments. We have excluded ‘cross-cutting’ and internal committees committees from our analysis because many of these – including the Environmental Audit Committee and all those with non-elected chairs and members – have yet to be established. Over the last parliament, committees saw overall turnover of more than 80%. The Work and Pensions Committee had the highest turnover and Northern Ireland Affairs the lowest.   In our recent report on select committees we identified turnover on select committees as a factor which could inhibit their ability to identify and learn lessons from their work. In the last parliament eight committees saw turnover at least equivalent to their entire membership over the course of the parliament. The most stable committees – and most able to benefit from institutional memory among MPs – were Northern Ireland Affairs, Energy and Climate Change and Foreign Affairs. The Work and Pensions Committee was the best launchpad for careers on the frontbench – it saw the most MPs leave to become ministers, shadow frontbenchers or Parliamentary Private Secretaries. Select committee membership is reserved for backbenchers – any member who is […]

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