Category Archives: UK

Government pre-emption of Parliament

The Lords’ Select Committee on the Constitution, just before prorogation, finished its report on pre-emption of Parliament. This is where government ministers incur costs and make changes to legally established bodies in anticipation of the bill that authorises them becoming … Continue reading

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Ping pong with grenades: what happens when the Lords has the upper hand

The Justice and Security Bill is currently going through parliament, but because it started in the Lords the Parliament Acts won’t apply. The Commons has sent back the bill and has undone many of the Lords amendments – this is … Continue reading

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Parliament’s role in hiring and firing judges

I mentioned, quite a while ago now, when I posted about the report advocating parliament having an increased role in public appointments that there was another report out soon examining parliament’s role in hiring and firing judges in England and … Continue reading

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A History of Committees in the House of Lords

Early committees Back in the formative days of parliament, petitions would often by committed to a group of the King’s Council – known as triers – who could either make changes and report the petition back to parliament (if it … Continue reading

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Lords Reform 4: The Choice…

What to do with the House of Lords is one of the great constitutional questions – it has been asked for over a century. Since this coming year promises to be the one where Lords reform truly gets under way, … Continue reading

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Lords Reform 2: Form and Function… Joined in Spiritual Union

What to do with the House of Lords is one of the great constitutional questions – it has been asked for over a century. In this four-part series of posts I’ll look at the prospects for getting something approaching an … Continue reading

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Lords Reform 1: The Harder the Conflict, the More Glorious the Triumph?

What to do with the House of Lords is one of the great constitutional questions – it has been asked for over a century. Since this coming year promises to be the one where Lords reform truly gets under way, … Continue reading

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