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Financial Services Bill Committee debate

MPs have backed the appointment of former chief secretary to the Treasury David Laws to a joint committee examining the draft Financial Services Bill.

On 18 July 2011, MPs approved the proposed composition of the committee without a vote, despite vocal opposition from Labour backbenchers John Mann and Thomas Docherty.

Mr Docherty, the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, questioned whether the former chief secretary to the Treasury was a "fit and proper person" to consider the legislation.

The government agreed with the opposition front bench that Labour MPs Nick Brown and George Mudie, Tory MPs Peter Lilley, David Mowat, and David Ruffley and the Lib Dem David Laws should be members of the committee.

Mr Laws resigned as chief secretary last May, after 17 days in the role, following reports he had claimed about £40,000 to pay rent to his partner, the lobbyist James Lundie.

Payments to relations and partners have been against parliamentary rules since 2006.

He referred himself to the Commons standards watchdog which found he had broken the rules and ordered him to apologise to the House of Commons.

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