Monthly Archives: April 2012

The coming British prorogation

The British parliament is expected to be prorogued this Tuesday at around 1.30pm. Prorogation, as it is called, is where the Sovereign or her representatives come to the House of Lords to announce that she’s decided to shut down parliament … Continue reading

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Lords reform: the Lords debate the Richards Report

At just after 3pm today the House of Lords will debate its own reform. Again. Also again it’s expected to continue it the next day! This time they’re debating the joint committee proposals (and by extension the Alternative Report pushed … Continue reading

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Geeky stuff in Canada: financial procedures review

Over in Canada, the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates is performing a non-partisan review of the estimates procedure. They’ve taken evidence from some notable individuals, and I’ve linked to their testimony where possible: David Macdonald, Senior Economist at … Continue reading

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Lords Reform: a wild minority report appears!

Majority report tries ‘Out of Order’. It’s not very effective. Despite the Joint Committee’s report specifically stating that no minority reports can be published under Erskine May (the Commons’ parliamentary bible), it appears that 12 members of the 26-strong committee … Continue reading

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Monday looks to be more and more interesting…

The release of the Joint Committee report on Lords Reform is published Monday, and this interesting little titbit came along yesterday. Most of it is what we know, and I’ve posted about it before, but apparently the report took 30 … Continue reading

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Naming bills

A brief aside, but Alina Konevski wrote about the short titles of bills becoming progressively less relevant to their contents in Canada, and she compares that to the UK where names are drafted by civil servants instead. That’s not entirely true, as … Continue reading

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Financial procedure in the Australian parliament

Part of a series of posts on financial procedure: British Parliament Federal Canadian Parliament Australian Commonwealth Parliament New Zealand Parliament The commonwealth parliament of Australia is different to the other two countries we have looked at so far because it … Continue reading

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