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Meg Russell gives evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

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Meg evidence at PCRC - 270613

Meg Russell gave evidence today at a meeting of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee on the next steps to be taken in reforming the House of Lords. You can watch the evidence here and read the transcript here. Meg's written evidence to the committee can be read here.

Meg Russell & Tony Wright give evidence to Procedure Committee about Public Bill Committees

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Evidence on Commons legislative committees - resized

Within days of publication of our report Fitting the Bill: Bringing Commons Legislation Committees into Line with Best Practice, the House of Commons Procedure Committee announced a new inquiry into the constitution and membership of public bill committees. See here.

The first witnesses were the Unit's Meg Russell (lead author of the report), along with Professor Tony Wright (also of the School of Public Policy, UCL, and a former MP and chair of the Reform of the House of Commons committee 2009-10). The session made extensive reference to the report and its recommendations, discussing issues such as how members of public bill committees are chosen (and suggestions that the Committee of Selection might be reformed, and/or its proposals be put to the chamber for approval), and the merits of larger-scale reform such as moving towards permanent, specialist legislation committees of the kind that exist in many other parliaments.

The session can be watched here

Press Release: Commons bill committees 'left behind', says Constitution Unit report

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A new report from the Constitution Unit highlights how House of Commons bill committees are out of step with their overseas comparators, and have been increasingly left behind in the process of parliamentary reform. While the Commons select committees have gone from strength to strength, bill committees are subject to much complaint, and are now ripe for reform.

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

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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.

Dr Bob Morris in the News - Prince Charles and Charities

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Bob Morris has been quoted in the press on how Prince Charles would have to withdraw from a front line role in his charities when he becomes king.

The Independent - Charities fear funding crisis after accession of Charles to throne (02/06/2013)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/charities-fear-funding-crisis-after-accession-of-charles-to-throne-8641428.html

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:50 +0000

Juncker’s election might mark a new phase of European construction. But the Union’s institutional, political and constitutional foundations need renovation, writes Yves Bertoncini. Jean-Claude Juncker’s election to the post of president of the Commission marks a new stage in the historic process of rebalancing the powers of member states and the European Parliament. Yet it […]

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Can Scotland trust Westminster to transfer enough powers to seal it for a No result?

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:50 +0000

Brian Walker explores whether the pro-Union parties can offer enough devolution to persuade voters Scotland will be given priority if they vote No. On September 18 voters in Scotland will take a momentous decision based on two sets of uncertainty: on independence which is on the ballot paper and on more devolution which is not. A recent […]

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Codifying the UK constitution: an exercise in reform or preservation?

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:00:48 +0000

If the UK gets a written constitution, will it seek simply to codify the current constitutional arrangement or will it present an opportunity for more fundamental changes? In light of a recent PCRC report assessing the desirability of a written constitution, Daniel Helen looks at recent codification proposals and considers the reforms they put forward. Behind the title […]

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