Tag Archives: House of Lords Constitution Committee

Yet more on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act…

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act is again centre stage.  As regular readers know, this is an Act that has been the subject of several posts, usually for the purpose of correcting misunderstandings about its provisions. I gave evidence to the House … Continue reading

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The need for more pre-legislative scrutiny

Before the end of the last century, parliamentary scrutiny of bills was generally found wanting.  It was the area in which Parliament was arguably in greatest need of reform.  As the 1993 report of the Hansard Society Commission on the … Continue reading

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The EU (Withdrawal) Bill – not our finest hour

The House of Lords has completed Report stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.  We have Third Reading next week. The House has not exactly wrapped itself in glory in dealing with the Bill, at least in the chamber.  In my speech … Continue reading

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Responding to select committee reports – naming and shaming

The Government seeks to respond to reports from House of Lords select committees, and joint select committees, within two months of publication.  However, this deadline is not always met.  Thus, for example, the Constitution Committee published its report on The … Continue reading

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Debating the constitution…

On Monday, the Lords debated reports from the Constitution Committee on The Union and Devolution and Inter-Governmental Relations in the UK.  I spoke and used the occasion to pick up on a theme common to both, namely the failure of … Continue reading

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Implications of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has now been introduced and the Commons is having a two-day debate on Second Reading.  There are as yet no Commons select committees set up and membership agreed (unlike in the Lords, where all committees … Continue reading

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A tragic week

The security services do a remarkable job and have managed to prevent a number of attacks on Parliament.  There is always the danger that one or more will succeed.  Wednesday saw such an attack, with a tragic loss of lives.   Whenever … Continue reading

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