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Improving Parliament's scrutiny of Bills - Constitution Committee launches Call for Evidence

27 February 2018

The House of Lords Constitution Committee launches a new Call for Evidence as part of its inquiry on the Legislative Process. The Committee is taking evidence on improving Parliament's scrutiny of Bills, and are interested in how Bills are prepared by Government and scrutinised in Parliament; whether and how outside organisations and the public are involved in the process; and how the legislative process is, or could be, affected by new technology and by the UK's withdrawal from the EU. 

Legislative Process inquiry

The Committee is undertaking its large-scale inquiry into the legislative process in four stages. This is the third part of the Committee's review of the legislative process. The Committee published its report on stage 1, preparing legislation for Parliament, in October 2017. The Committee took evidence on the delegation of powers, between October 2016 and February 2017 and will report on it in the coming months.

Key questions

Questions the Committee are inviting evidence on for this part of the inquiry include:

  • How effectively does Parliament scrutinise bills at the various stages of the legislative process, in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords?
  • To what extent does each House have a separate role in the legislative process? How well understood are these roles?
  • To what extent does the UK's withdrawal from the European Union pose challenges for Parliament's scrutiny of bills?
  • Does the legislative process appropriately balance time spent considering bills in the Chamber of each House with time in public bill committee/Grand Committee?
  • What is the impact on the legislative process of having annual sessions of Parliament? What difference does a two-year session, such as 2010–12 and 2017–19, make?
  • How useful are the explanatory materials accompanying bills for parliamentarians and the public? What could be done to improve the accessibility and understanding of legislation?
  • To what extent, and how effectively, are the public and stakeholders involved in the scrutiny of legislation as it passes through Parliament?
  • How can new technologies enhance the quality of bill scrutiny and understanding of the legislative process?

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 16 April 2018.

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