Giving evidence

I gave evidence yesterday to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons as part of their inquiry into legislative standards.  I was appearing alongside Lord Maclennan and MP Nick Raynsford.  It was very much a case of singing from the same hymn sheet but, then again, it would be rather difficult to be against improving legislative standards.

It was a substantial two-hour session.  I have already done a more substantial post on Lords of the Blog.  I will do another post once my written and oral evidence are available online.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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2 Responses to Giving evidence

  1. ladytizzy says:

    Is there a set-in-stone process by which every gvt department passes its scribbles to Parliamentary Counsel to be shaped into a Bill?

  2. Lord Norton says:

    ladytizzy: Once a Bill has been approved for introduction, the relevant Department sends the instructions to Parliamentary Counsel who then set to work on drafting the Bill. There will be a discourse between officials and the counsel working on the Bill. Sometimes what a Department wants may not be achievable in terms of legislative drafting. Parliamentary Counsel will also examine and advise on Private Members’ Bills that are supported by the Government.

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