Magazine article Public Finance

Commons Reforms Refused Parliamentary Time

Magazine article Public Finance

Commons Reforms Refused Parliamentary Time

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown has signalled that he will not make time for MPs to debate a series of reform measures aimed at giving Parliament more power.

The Commons reform committee, which was chaired by Labour MP Tony Wright, published its proposals in November. It suggested MPs be allowed to directly elect select committee chairs and for a backbench committee to timetable all parliamentary business that is not strictly ministerial.

Brown told a meeting of the Commons liaison committee - made up of the chairs of select committees - that he supported the proposals, which will go before MPs later this month.

But Wright, who also chairs the public administration select committee, challenged Brown. He said the proposals would be put to the Commons under a procedure that would allow the whole package to be dropped if a single MP objected. …

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