Skip to site navigation

Press Release: Constitution Unit report to call for reform of Commons legislation committees

5 June 2013

A report being launched in the Commons next Monday by the Constitution Unit calls for a shakeup of the 'public bill committees' that deal with government legislation. It follows a project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which looked at what the House of Commons can learn from legislation committees in other parliaments. Two senior parliamentarians will speak at the launch, along with the report lead author.

Fitting the Bill: Bringing Commons Legislation Committees into Line with Best Practice summarises the perceived difficulties with current arrangements, reviews previous reform proposals, and looks for inspiration to legislation committees in other parliaments. It concludes that the House of Commons' legislation committees are increasingly out of step, not only with international best practice, but also with the chamber's own well-respected select committees. The report therefore makes proposals for reform, suggesting some immediate changes plus piloting of three different models of legislative committee.

Details of the launch are as follows:

  • Time: 5 pm, Monday 10 June.
  • Venue: Grand Committee Room in the main building (off Westminster Hall). 
  • Speakers: 

    • Meg Russell (Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit)
    • Jack Straw (former Leader of the House of Commons)
    • Charles Walker (Chair of the Procedure Committee)
  • Chair: Jacqy Sharpe, Clerk of Legislation

To book a place, please contact the Constitution Unit administrator Ben Webb: ben.webb@ucl.ac.uk


Representatives of the media wanting an embargoed copy of the report should contact us at the same address.

Notes for editors:

Join the Debate

Blog

News

Graham Gee: The Lord Chief Justice and Section 5 of the Constitutional Reform Act

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:06:17 +0000

This is posted on behalf of Graham Gee and originally appeared on the UK Constitutional Law Association Blog. The Constitutional Reform Act redrew relationships between the senior judiciary and Parliament in a number of ways. Amongst the most significant was removing the right of the LCJ to speak in the Lords. Earlier this month, the […]

Read more...

Jenny Watson’s lecture on the modernisation of the electoral administration system

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:15:57 +0000

In the latest Constitution Unit seminar, Jenny Watson, the Chair of the Electoral Commission, provided the audience with a very eloquent account of the challenges and opportunities presented by the imminent and future work towards electoral modernisation. Drawing upon the effective steps that have already been taken by the Labour administration and most recently the […]

Read more...

Concerns about the Steel/Byles Lords reform bill: a summary

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:01:07 +0000

David Steel’s Lords reform bill (previously sponsored in the Commons by Dan Byles) had its second reading in the chamber on Friday. Last night the Constitution Unit and Constitution Society jointly hosted a meeting in the Lords to discuss concerns about the bill. Its main provisions – allowing peers to retire, and for the expulsion of serious criminals - have […]

Read more...
Mailing List

Connect with us

RSSFlickr

Footer menu