Tag Archive for House of Commons

Departmental Select Committees in the Commons

Baroness Murphy

Sticking with Lord Norton and Lord Tyler’s theme of Select Commons committees and their powers. Before I came into parliament I was summoned twice to appear before the Commons Health Ombudsman’s Committee. It was an experience I shall never forget. Both occasions followed investigations by the Ombudsman of serious failures of administration by the NHS.…

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…

Parliament and the public

Lord Norton

Over the past few decades, Parliament has become a much more open institution and has sought to enhance its links with citizens.  There is already a substantial flow of correspondence between constituents and MPs – and the volume has grown substantially in recent years – but there have been problems at the institutional level.  How…

MEPs to have Lords passes only

Lord Norton

UK Members of the European Parliament were previously entitled to have parliamentary passes so that they could meet with parliamentarians and not have to keep queuing in order to get into the Palace of Westminster.   Last year, the Commons decided that this privilege should be withdrawn.  As parliamentary passes cover the parliamentary estate, the House…

The long-standing dominance of party

Lord Norton

I see that Daniel Hannan was invited to comment on my previous post and he wrote: “Lord Norton, who is a clever and learned man, knows very well that journalists don’t write their own headlines. And it’s not the period from 1945-1970 that I regard as the golden age of parliamentary supremacy, but the period…