Former Foreign Secretaries give evidence to Committee
9 January 2019
The House of Lords Constitution Committee will hear from former Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind as part of its inquiry on Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties.
- Parliament TV: Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties
- Inquiry: Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties
- Select Committee on the Constitution
Wednesday 9 January in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
- Rt Hon. Jack Straw
Then at 11.30am
- Rt Hon. Sir Malcom Rifkind
- How effective is parliamentary scrutiny of treaties?
- Is it appropriate that Parliament's role in the treaty-making process is limited to a "take it or leave it" vote after a treaty has been signed by the Government?
- If Parliament played a more active role in the mandating and negotiating phases of the treaty process, to what extent would this help or hinder the Government?
- Has the influence and involvement of Number 10 and other government departments in the making of foreign policy changed how the Government negotiates treaties?
- Does the loss of EU scrutiny processes post-Brexit require Parliament to create new scrutiny mechanisms of its own to replace them?
- To what extent is there a case for Parliament to scrutinise treaties post-implementation?
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