Monthly Archives: December 2012

Great Offices of State lectures: Ministers and Parliament pt 2

I’ve covered the first eight Great Offices of State lectures here, now with a link for international viewers – but the last three have happened. I’ll link them here and give them a brief summary. George Osborne, current Chancellor of the Exchequer, … Continue reading

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Ministerial statements: a history

There’s little to nothing written about the origins of ministerial statements, so I’ve had to work it out from procedure committee reports and historic Hansard. As such, there may be errors in this and for that I apologise. I’m pretty … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: the Parliaments wait…

In both the UK and Canada, the debate on the bills to implement online surveillance rages outside of Parliament. In the UK the Treasury has said the business case for the bill is being reexamined and a Liberal Democrat grandee … Continue reading

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Oral questions in the Lords: finally, some movement

A new report was published yesterday by the Lords’ Procedure Committee. Its flagship measure was to change the ability of peers to ask oral questions in the Lords. But first: A little history The first recorded question in the Lords … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: the poodle bites

Perhaps surprisingly, the Prime Minister’s Intelligence and Security Committee is set, tomorrow, to slate the proposals while backing a simpler and safer way to gain access to communications data and join the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill (also reporting … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: The UK reports

And they’re done: the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill has reported and that report has been embargoed until further notice. The BBC’s James Landale has the scoop: A joint committee of MPs and peers … Continue reading

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