Skip to site navigation

News

Latest news, updates and announcements from The Constitution Unit

Archive of Constitution Unit News Viewer

<< 2012 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2014 >>

Meg Russell gives evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

Publication date:

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

Publication date:

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

Publication date:

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

Publication date:

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

Publication date:

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

<< 2012 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2014 >>

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...

Connect with us

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4977
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 4978
Email: constitution@ucl.ac.uk

The Constitution Unit

Page last modified on 16 jul 13 14:59

Footer menu