David Blunkett, former Home Secretary who is stepping down from the Commons next May, expressed his regret at the compromise option chosen by the Governance Committee, chaired by Jack Straw MP.
Mr Blunkett said “When radicals enter the House of Commons they too often become absorbed by the history and processes, whilst those with a business background leave all their acumen and management experience at the St Stephens entrance.
“Making a new post of (Director General of the House of Commons) “Chief Operating Officer” is a minor step forward but subordinating the management of the Commons to the undoubtedly valued role of the Clerk of the House responsible for process and constitutional issues, is a reflection of the conservatism of the past rather than addressing the challenges of the future.
“What was really needed was a highly experienced, respected Chief Executive whilst retaining the standing and therefore the status of the separate appointment of the Clerk.
"I think the new Parliament will come to regret that the Committee did not bite the bullet.”