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Fixed-term Parliaments

The Committee held an inquiry into fixed-term Parliaments following the Government’s announcement that they intend the current Parliament to operate on a fixed-term basis with the next general election taking place on the first Thursday of May 2015.

The Government introduced a Bill proposing fixed–term Parliaments in July 2010. The Committee have produced a report on the issue in time to influence the debate on the Bill in the House of Lords.

An invitation for written submissions on this inquiry was published on 15 July 2010. The report and other related items can be viewed below:

   

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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.