COMMONS

Recall of MPs

Inquiry status: concluded, Report published and two Government Responses published.

Second Government Response, published July 2013

Government Response, published Monday 22 October 2012

Report

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee published its report, Recall of MPs at 00.01 hrs on Thursday 28 June 2012.

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee is conducting pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government’s Draft Bill providing for the recall of MPs. 

The Committee held its first oral evidence session on Thursday 19 January, the purpose of the session was to open the Committee's pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government's proposals for the recall of MPs, by questioning witnesses who have campaigned on the subject, and an academic with knowledge of the operation of recall in other jurisdictions. (see news item below).

The Committee held its second oral evidence session of the inquiry on Thursday 26 January, when it heard from witnesses who would play a role in the proposed process for triggering a recall petition via a resolution of the House of Commons, and House officials with expertise in the practices and procedures of the House (see news item below).

The Committee held its third oral evidence session of the inquiry on Thursday 8 March.  The purpose of the session was, first, to question an academic with expertise in electoral systems including recall, and secondly, to question a representative of the electoral administrators who would be required to conduct the recall petition. (see news item below).

The first half of the fourth oral evidence session on Thursday 19 April concludes the Committee’s pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government’s proposals for the recall of MPs.  The purpose of the session is to question Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Mark Harper MP, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, Cabinet Office on the evidence the Committee has received during its inquiry. (see news item below).

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