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Parliamentary reform

Lord Norton

I spoke this evening to the all-party parliamentary group on the constitution.  My subject was parliamentary reform.  My thesis was that we rarely discuss parliamentary reform, even though we think we do.  We discuss changes to one or other House, sometimes at length, but rarely look at Parliament holistically and do not define what we mean by reform.  …

Parliamentary reform

Lord Norton

One rather encouraging aspect of this summer has been the number of parliamentary select committees that have been meeting.   Some have held evidence-taking sessions – some quite high profile, as with the Governor of the Bank of England – and a number have issued reports.  I have not noticed such use made of the summer…

Reforming Parliament

Lord Norton

I have previously written about the long summer recesses.  The Times today has an editorial arguing the case for Parliament’s deliberations to be spread more evenly over the year.  As it notes, MPs are not on holiday for the period of the recess, but nonetheless the recess means that government goes on with no parliamentary…

Making legislation accessible

Lord Norton

David Cameron has produced a substantial reform agenda for Parliament.  It appeared in The Guardian this morning and was delivered in a speech today at the Open University. His recommendations cover three basic relationships: those of Government to Parliament, Parliament to the people, and the centre to the locality.  There is a lot in his speech,…