COMMONS

Revisiting Rebuilding the House: impact of Wright reforms

13 December 2012

On 24 November 2009, the Select Committee on 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 on, the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into the impact of the Wright reforms.  The Committee is issuing a call for written evidence that addresses some or all of the following questions:

1. To what extent have the Wright reforms succeeded in making the House of Commons matter more, increasing its vitality, and rebalancing its relationship with the Executive?

  • Which reforms have been most significant in this context?

2. To what extent have the Wright reforms succeeded in giving the public a greater voice in parliamentary proceedings?

  • Which reforms have been most significant in this context?

3. Which reforms proposed by the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons have not yet been implemented? 

  • What is the reason for delay in implementation?
  • What impact would these reforms be likely to have on how the House of Commons functions and is perceived by the public?

How to respond to this paper

The deadline for written submissions has now been extended to Monday 25 February 2013.  Submissions should not significantly exceed 3,000 words unless this has been cleared in advance with the Committee secretariat.  Written responses to the Committee will be treated as evidence to the Committee and may be published. If you object to your response being made public in a volume of evidence, please make this clear when it is submitted.

Responses should be submitted by email in Microsoft Word or rich text format to [email protected]

If you do not have access to email, you may send a paper copy of your response to the Clerk of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, Committee Office, First Floor, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.

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