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Pre-appointment scrutiny hearings: parliament’s bark delivers a stronger bite than MPs realise

Thursday, 20 July 2017

For the past decade House of Commons select committees have held pre-appointment scrutiny hearings with preferred candidates for some of the most senior public appointments. Many select committee chairs and members consider these to be a waste of time because there is no power of veto. However, research published in a new Constitution Unit report […]

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: constitutional change and legal continuity

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The long-awaited ‘Great Repeal Bill’, to be known officially as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, was published last Thursday. The bill is a complex mix of constitutional change and legal continuity. Jack Simson Caird highlights some of its main elements. Nine months after Theresa May first announced that there would be a ‘Great Repeal Bill’, and three […]

The report of the Scottish Parliamentary Reform Commission: Westminster as a model for reforming Holyrood?

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Scottish Parliament’s Commission on Parliamentary Reform, established by the Presiding Officer last year, reported in June. Its recommendations include that committee conveners should be elected by the whole Parliament, changes to First Minister’s Questions, the extension of the legislative process from three stages to five and the establishment of a new backbench committee. Ruxandra […]

2017 select committee chair elections: a short guide

Monday, 10 July 2017

The new parliament is the third in which chairs will be elected by the whole House. These elections take place on Wednesday, with 28 chairs to be elected (though only 11 are being contested). Andrew Kennon discusses these elections and some of the trends that have developed over the seven years the system has been […]

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