Monthly Archives: July 2012

Public readings: good idea, bad execution

On the 12th of July, Sir George Young announced a pilot of the so-called ‘public reading’ stage where the public can comment on a bill for three weeks between first reading to the beginning of public bill committee stage. HM … Continue reading

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The facts about Canadian Conservatives’ love of time allocation

Since the last election gave Stephen Harper a majority, his government has acquired a reputation for being trigger-happy with restricting debate by imposing time allocation, closure and putting the question. These all mean very different things. Time Allocation is the … Continue reading

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Lords reform: The Norman Proposals

Slightly behind the times here but a while ago Jesse Norman, one of the ringleaders of the Sensibles, wrote a hasty letter to the Chief Whip outlining the reforms his supporters would like to see. We don’t have the final … Continue reading

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Banking inquiry: one step forward, two steps back

The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards is a strange beast. It’s main good point is that a barrister will be able to question witnesses to make up for the lacklustre ability of many MPs! But this brings me to my … Continue reading

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Lords reform: Next steps

Thanks to a meeting of the 1922 Committee, it looks like the PM will make one last push on a watered down version of the bill: getting rid of the surviving 92 hereditaries and electing about the same number of … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: Committee work begins

In both the UK and Australia, committee work on the internet surveillance proposals has begun. To begin locally, the British Joint Select Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill has been created. This was done by four motions; one in … Continue reading

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Lords reform: T minus nine hours

Latest news: the vote may not take place if the Liberal Democrats lose their nerve. According to James Chappers, if the vote can’t be called off Tory high command actually views a big defeat as the best outcome because it … Continue reading

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