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Inquiry begins on impact of the Wright reforms

14 March 2013

Political and Constitutional Reform Committee holds its first oral evidence session on its inquiry into Revisiting Rebuilding the House: the impact of the Wright reforms.

Thursday 14 March, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Witnesses

At 10.00 am 

  • Dr Meg Russell, University College London;

At 11.15 am (approx)

  • Ms Catherine Bochel, University of Lincoln

Background

On 24 November 2009, the Select Committee on the Reform of the House of Commons, chaired by Tony Wright, published its report Rebuilding the House. The report began by stating: "The Committee aims to make the Commons matter more, increase its vitality and rebalance its relationship with the executive, and to give the public a greater voice in parliamentary proceedings."

Three years later, in December 2012, the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee announced an inquiry into the impact of the Wright reforms.

Issues

Among the issues to be considered in this first evidence session are the impact of changes to the Select Committee system and of the creation of a Backbench Business Committee, and outstanding reforms such as the creation of a House Business Committee. 

Further information

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