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Constitutional Reform Process

In 2002 the Constitution Committee produced a report on Changing the Constitution: The Process of Constitutional Change. The report was compiled in the light of significant recent constitutional reforms such as the establishment of the devolved institutions and the passage of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In the years since that report was published, constitutional reform has continued apace.

The Committee has decided that it is time to revisit the issue and consider the process of constitutional reform and how it can be improved.

The Committee invites interested organisations and individuals to submit written evidence as part of its inquiry. Written evidence should reach the Committee as soon as possible and no later than 31 March 2011.

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    • Reports and associated evidence - reports and evidence featuring written submissions and corrected oral evidence published at the conclusion of Committee inquiries. Evidence is periodically updated over the course of an inquiry and is not finalised until the relevant Report is published.
    • Uncorrected oral evidence - transcripts of oral evidence not yet approved by the Committee or witnesses.
    • Other oral evidence - corrected transcripts of oral evidence, usually taken for scrutiny purposes or for ad hoc/regular evidence sessions with Ministers.
    • Evidence - written submissions and corrected oral evidence published for scrutiny purposes or for ad hoc/regular evidence sessions with Ministers.
    • Responses to Reports - Government Department and European Commission responses to reports.
    • Call for Evidence - request to submit evidence to a Committee inquiry.
    • Correspondence - correspondence received and sent by the Committee excluding ministerial correspondence.
    • Correspondence with Ministers - Ministerial correspondence received and sent by the Committee.
    • Progress of Scrutiny - records the decisions taken by the EU Committee on European documents that have been deposited in Parliament for scrutiny.