Tag Archives: Commons

War: Parliament recalled over potential Syrian intervention

Today, Parliament has been recalled over the Syria crisis. Here’s a brief overview of the history of parliamentary responses to military interventions. For many wars prior to 1914, Parliament often didn’t debate the start of a conflict and often Parliament … 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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Royal Succession: the UK fast-tracks it

It’s only a common sense change, so says the government. Then why is it trying to ram the Succession to the Crown bill through parliament, especially when the thirteen* other realms haven’t even started yet? What’s the rush? It’s only been … Continue reading

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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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The Use and Abuse of Private Members Bills

The latest dispatch from Kim Lane Scheppele on Paul Krugman’s blog is now in. It raises a very interesting point which I didn’t notice when looking through the Hungarian Parliament’s website. Most of the important constitutional measures proposed in Hungary, … Continue reading

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An impending constitutional crisis?

As if it wasn’t enough for the potential of constitutional crises over Lords reform and Scottish independence, the government’s actions over the Welfare bill may cause one too. Dr Jeff King, senior law lecturer at UCL, and Professor Robert Hazell, … Continue reading

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