Tag Archive for Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill

Government defeats

Lord Norton

As Lord Knight has reported – and indeed as have several newspapers today – the Government suffered a significant defeat last night on the Police and Social Responsibility Bill.  This was the second defeat in two days.  The previous day, it lost an important amendment on the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill.  These bring to 16 the…

Fixed-term Parliaments

Lord Norton

The Fixed-term Parliaments Bill received its Second Reading in the Lords yesterday.  It attracted over twenty speakers.  Very few of them, though, expressed support for the Bill.  Some objected to the principle whereas others felt that it was badly constructed.  The Opposition line was that it favoured fixed-term parliaments but did not believe that this…

Making the news

Lord Norton

The media last Thursday tended to concentrate on the publication of the Constitution Committee’s report on the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill rather than on the Lord Chief Justice’s appearance before the committee the previous day.  However, on Friday, The Guardian carried a report on his Lordship’s evidence.  It focused on his criticisms of Schedule 7 of the…

Debating the constitution

Lord Norton

The past week has been a busy one for the House in considering constitutional issues.  On Monday, there was a question for short debate (QSD) on the role of the House in the event of reform.  Such debates are time-limited – in this case to ninety minutes – and there were so many speakers that…

Not sitting, but busy

Lord Norton

The House of Commons was sitting last week and again this week.  It has been busy with the Second Readings of the Government’s two major constitutional measures (the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill and the Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill).  The House of Lords is not sitting, but the fact that MPs are in session has…