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public bodies bill, fixed term parliaments bill December 16, 2010

Posted by Bradley in : governance , trackback

According to the Guardian, Lord Judge’s criticisms yesterday of the Henry VIII clauses in the Public Bodies Bill will prompt some rethinking by the government. Meanwhile the House of Lords Constitution Committee criticised the Fixed Term Parliaments Bill:

The speed with which the policy was introduced, with no significant consultation, no green paper and no detailed assessment of the pros and cons of a five year term over a four year term, suggests that short-term considerations were the drivers behind the Bill’s introduction. The Hansard Society argued that “political expediency appears to have taken priority over Parliament’s right to properly scrutinise the executive.” Democratic Audit stressed that “this change is yet another piecemeal alteration, implemented with insufficient consultation, to the UK constitution”.

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