Mapping the path to codifying - or not codifying - the UK's Constitution

Inquiry status: concluded

On 16 September 2010, the Committee launched an inquiry into Mapping the path to codifying—or not codifying—the UK’s constitution. The inquiry involved an innovative partnership with King’s College London, which has been producing a series of research papers for the Committee.

On 10 July 2014, the Committee published its report, A New Magna Carta?, along with arguments for and against a codified constitution, a paper setting out the process that could be adopted in the preparation, design and implementation of a codified constitution, and three illustrative blueprints—a Constitutional Code, a Constitutional Consolidation Act, and a Written Constitution—which indicate how a codified constitution for the UK could take shape.

Links to the report and the research can be found on the right hand side of this page. The other papers produced by King’s College London—the Literature Review, the Existing Constitution and the Case Studies—can be accessed from the oral and written evidence page

The Committee also held a consultation on the options set out in the report.