Tag Archive for Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

Triggering an early election…

Lord Norton

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 has important implications for British politics.  What is remarkable is how few politicians and commentators appear to know its provisions, particularly in respect of when an early election can take place.  Some still seem to think that the Prime Minister can ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament and call an election.  The…

Changing constitutional conventions

Lord Norton

The Constitution Committee of the House has today published its report on Constitutional implications of coalition government.  You can read the report here.  Among its recommendations are that as far as possible the convention of collective responsibility should continue to apply under a coalition government and that, where parties in a coalition cannot agree, there should…

Bringing Acts into effect

Lord Norton

I penned an earlier post on the procedure for Third Reading in the Lords in response to clear interest shown in it during passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.   Many people outside the House appeared unaware of how we differed from the Commons.  The passage of the Bill also prompts comment on when its…