One-off evidence sessions 2010-12

One-off evidence sessions are held by the Committee if it wishes to explore a subject without undertaking an inquiry. They may include scrutiny of an issue of current public concern or be regular 'catch up' meetings with public bodies within the Committee's remit.

Roles and Powers of the PM

(although this inquiry has now been relaunched and oral evidence has started again in February 2013)

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee conducted an inquiry into the role and powers of the Prime Minister, and how these are defined and held to account.

UK Bill of Rights Commission

The Committee held two public evidence sessions to examine the approach and views of most of the members of the newly established Commission on a UK Bill of Rights.

Oral evidence-9 June 2011Witnesses - Sir Leigh Lewis KCB, Chair; and Anthony Speaight QC, member, UK Bill of Rights Commission

Oral evidence - 16 June 2011Witnesses - Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, member; Martin Howe QC, member; Professor Philippe Sands QC, member; and Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC, member, UK Bill of Rights Commission

Written evidence

Constitutional issues relating to the courts and Parliament

The Committee held a public evidence session during which they questioned the witnesses on Dr Pinto-Duschinsky’s report for Policy Exchange, Bringing Rights Back Home: Making human rights compatible with parliamentary democracy in the UK.

Oral evidence - 3 March 2011

Witnesses - Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Democratic Audit, and Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky