Commons, House Of: ’Crossman select committees’:
‘These were given impetus by the influx of new MPs in the 1964 and 1966 elections supportive of reform, and by reports of the procedure committee established in December 1964. Progress was slow until Richard Crossman became leader of the House in August 1966. Six committees were established, each prompted by different motives: science and technology (1966), agriculture (1966), eduction and science (1967), race relations and immigration (1968), overseas aid and development ((1969), and Scottish affairs (1969). The committees had to struggle to achieve the same rights as held by the nationalised industries committee and against government hostility. Their major success was in establishing the position of select committees for their successors. The committees were soon dissolved: agriculture, ad education and science in 1970, overseas aid and development in 1971 (revived 1973-9), ad Scottish affairs in 1972. The others were replaced in the overhaul of select committees in 1979’.
References: Ramsden John, The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century British Politics, Oxford, 2002.
From, John Ramsden, Professor of Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London.