COMMONS

Further evidence on impact of the Wright reforms

15 April 2013

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee will hold its third oral evidence session on its inquiry into Revisiting Rebuilding the House: the impact of the Wright reforms.

Date and time: Thursday 18 April 2013 at 10.00 am
Place: Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Witnesses

At 10.00 am:

  • Sir Richard Mottram GCB, Chair, Better Government Initiative,
  • Roger Dawe CB, Better Government Initiative,
  • Peter Facey, Director, Unlock Democracy,
  • Alexandra Runswick, Deputy Director, Unlock Democracy,
  • Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Co-Director, Democratic Audit.

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.

In this third session we will hear evidence about the impact of changes to the Select Committee system, the operation of the Backbench Business Committee, and outstanding reforms such as the creation of a House Business Committee.

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