COMMONS

Inquiry continues into Role and Powers of the Prime Minister

04 March 2013

Date and time: Thursday 7 March 2013 at 10.00 am
Place: Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Witnesses:

At 10.00 am: Dan Corry, former Head of the No. 10 Policy Unit

At 10.30am (approx): Dr Mark Bennister, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Canterbury Christ Church University

At 11.00am (approx): Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, Senior Consultant on constitutional affairs to Policy Exchange

The Committee’s first witness, Dan Corry, former Head of the No. 10 Policy Unit, provides an inside view of the workings of part of No. 10. His evidence can be considered in comparison to the description and analysis of the current organisation of No. 10 as discussed in February with Professor Robert Hazell.

The Committee’s second witness, Dr Mark Bennister, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University, provides a comparative view of Prime Ministerial power, with particular consideration of the Australian PM’s role and powers.

The final witness, Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, Senior Consultant on constitutional affairs to Policy Exchange, provides a contrasting view to the witnesses the Committee heard from in the previous evidence sessions, and will assist the Committee in its consideration of the role and powers of the Prime Minister in coalition.

The Committee will continue to consider and discuss the role of the Prime Minster, how it has changed, what further changes could be suggested (including codification of prerogative powers), and whether the Prime Minister should be directly elected.

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