Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Say Reform Proposals Don't Go Far Enough

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Say Reform Proposals Don't Go Far Enough

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The government's proposals for constitutional renewal have fallen short of its promise to transfer vital powers to Parliament, according to a new report by the Commons public administration select committee.

The PASC gave the proposals a broad welcome but said that more was needed to protect the core values' of the civil service. It also described as 'disappointingly limited' plans to transfer to Parliament major powers such as the decision to go to war.

PASC chair Tony Wright said the committee welcomed the proposals. But he added: 'When we looked into the detail, we started to get concerned. The prime minister said he wanted to entrust more power to Parliament, but the proposals don't show much trust. Every time the government proposes a parliamentary safeguard, there's a loophole for "exceptional circumstances" to allow the government to go ahead regardless. …

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