Operational Note No. 14 of Session 2009-10
16 February 2010 / For Immediate Release
ANNOUNCEMENT OF INQUIRY/ EVIDENCE SESSIONS
Wednesday 24 February in Room 15, House of Commons
Constitutional processes following a general election
The Committee is holding a one-off evidence session on Constitutional processes following a general election.
The Chairman of the Committee, Sir Alan Beith MP, said today that: “for many people the constitutional processes that takes place after a general election, and the roles and responsibilities of the Prime Minister, the Sovereign, the Civil Service and other key actors, are unclear. This is all the more important in circumstances where, for instance, the election itself results in a situation where no one political party gains an overall majority in the House of Commons. The Justice Committee is therefore holding an evidence session to shed some light on constitutional provision and practice in this area.”
The evidence session will commence at 9.30 am in Committee Room 15.
Witnesses will include: Professor Robert Hazell, Director, Constitution Unit, UCL, Peter Riddell, Senior Fellow, Institute of Government, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government, Oxford University; Lord Butler of Brockwell and Lord Turnbull of Enfield, former cabinet secretaries; and Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, Cabinet Office.
1. Committee membership is as follows: Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP (Chairman), Rosie Cooper MP, Mr David Heath MP, Rt Hon Douglas Hogg MP, Siân James MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Robert Neill MP, Dr Nick Palmer MP, Linda Riordan MP, Mr Andrew Turner MP, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP and Dr Alan Whitehead MP
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