Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

The role of Parliament in the UK constitution inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee is launching a series of short inquiries under the umbrella theme of the role of Parliament in the UK constitution. Individual calls for evidence will be issued for each of these short, discrete inquiries as they are launched.

The Committee would like to receive submissions addressing both the short-term and long-term views of Parliament's role in the constitution. Issues under consideration as part of this inquiry include, but are not limited to:

  • the status of resolutions of the House of Commons;
  • what role Parliament should play in authorising the deployment of military force;
  • the continued relevance and utility of the doctrine of ministerial accountability;
  • the use of delegated legislation;
  • treaty negotiation and ratification;
  • the size of the Government and the Payroll Vote;
  • financial scrutiny of Government by Parliament;
  • Government control of the legislative timetable;
  • the impact of the reform and expansion of parliamentary select committees;
  • the nature and effectiveness of constitutional conventions in the parliamentary system;
  • Parliament's relationship with the courts in the light of the continuing development of administrative law.


Inquiries in this series are:

Terms of reference: The role of Parliament in the UK constitution


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