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Both Houses of Parliament have tended to be chamber-oriented, a feature of Westminster-type parliaments. It is only relatively recently that each has become more specialised through the use of permanent investigative committees. Committee work increasingly occupies the time of members. … Continue reading
On Tuesday, there was Question for Short Debate (QSD) in the Lords, initiated by Lord Bew, the new chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. It was on the Committee’s most recent survey on public attitudes towards conduct in … Continue reading
My Speaker’s Lecture on 21 January addressed the relationship of Parliament and political parties. My argument was that parties need Parliament and Parliament needs parties. Parties are necessary, but not sufficient, for Parliament to fulfil its key functions. I addressed the … Continue reading
Procedures in the Lords often differ from those in the Commons. On legislation, for example, we do not employ guillotine or timetabling motions, all amendments tabled are put before the House, and amendments can be taken on Third Reading. None … Continue reading
Last year, the Government published a Draft Deregulation Bill to get rid of some legislation that was no longer necessary. The Bill was sent to a Joint Committee for pre-legislative scrutiny. Although committees often have little time to complete their … Continue reading
My Speaker’s Lecture on ‘Parliament and Political Parties’, delivered on Tuesday, was broadcast this evening on BBC Parliament. It can be viewed on BBC Democracy Live here.