I have already drawn attention to the work of the Constitution Committee on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and our recent interim report on the measure. (You can read the report here.) We are now embarking on an inquiry into the Bill. We began with our first evidence session last Wednesday (1 November) when we took evidence from Lord Neuberger, recently retired President of the Supreme Court, and Richard Gordon QC. It will keep us occupied for the rest of the year.
However, we have not let our consideration of the Bill squeeze out completely consideration of other issues. There is a serious problem now with recruiting judges which has consequences for the delivery of justice in the UK. We have just published a report on the subject, which is a follow-up to our previous report on the issue. (You can read the report here.) As part of our wider inquiry into the legislative process, we have also published a report on the preparation of legislation for Parliament. How Bills are prepared is obviously important for the quality of law in this country. One desirable development has been pre-legislative scrutiny, something we wish to encourage. You can read the report here.
In short, the committee is being kept busy. We will be busy fulfilling our remit of reporting on Bills of constitutional significance as well as keeping the operation of the constitution under review. The Committee was established in 2001 – I was the first chair – and it is a committee where one now wonders how we could live without it.