I have been going through the provisions covering constitutional issues in the coalition policy document. I can see that the Constitution Committee of the Lords is likely to be in virtually continuous session once the House returns and certainly when some of the legislation starts to appear.
Some of the proposals appear incomplete or incorrect. The proposal for fixed-term Parliaments, for example, has provision for early dissolution if 55% of MPs vote for it but fails to incorporate reference to votes of confidence. It also envisages a ‘binding motion’ of the Commons prior to legislation being introduced. It is not clear who is meant to be bound by the motion. Dissolution is a prerogative power and until superseded by statute the Queen’s power to determine when to dissolve Parliament cannot be formally fettered by a resolution of the House of Commons.