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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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Can David Cameron call a second election? How does that fit with the Fixed Term Parliaments Act?

Fri, 22 May 2015 10:00:34 +0000

Robert Hazell outlines how the Fixed Term Parliaments Act restricts the new government from calling a second election. He writes that if Cameron wanted to take a gamble to boost his slender majority, he would have to work within the confines of the Act given the likely complexities of any attempt to repeal it. Now […]

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The Nineteenth Amendment is a constitutional milestone in Sri Lanka’s ongoing political development

Thu, 21 May 2015 10:00:51 +0000

At the end of April, the Sri Lankan President’s 100-day programme of governance reforms culminated with the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment to reduce the powers of the presidency. Asanga Welikala reviews the progress that has been made since January, and argues that despite difficulties and necessary compromises, the Amendment represents a change for the […]

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Scotland has voted for the union and for distinctiveness. Delivering both could present acute challenges

Tue, 19 May 2015 09:00:45 +0000

After a dramatic referendum and UK general election, the Scottish remain divided on both independence and on whether to increase tax and public spending, while the English are becoming increasingly vocal in the devolution debate. Jim Gallagher considers the possibilities of a constitutional relationship that will satisfy Scottish aspirations and also be acceptable to the UK as […]

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