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Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

Inquiry

The inquiry will consider the operation and implications of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. It will explore how the Act has worked in practice, how the 14-day period following a successful no confidence motion would work in practice, the Act's effect on the concept of the House of Commons having 'confidence' in the Government, and what the consequences of repealing or amending the Act might be. Following recent developments, the inquiry has been expanded to consider the potential constitutional implications of the recent court judgment on the proroguing of Parliament.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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12th Report - A Question of Confidence? The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
Inquiry Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
Committees Constitution Committee
HL Paper 121
Report
Response to this report
Government response to the Committee's report on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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23 October 2019
Inquiry Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
Witnesses Carl Gardner, and Gavin Phillipson (Professor of Law at University of Bristol)
Committees Constitution Committee
Oral Evidence
23 October 2019
Inquiry Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
Witnesses Lord Butler of Brockwell, and Lord Lisvane
Committees Constitution Committee
Oral Evidence
4 September 2019
Inquiry Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
Witnesses Robert Hazell (Professor of Government and the Constitution at University College London), and Catherine Haddon (Senior Fellow at Institute for Government)
Committees Constitution Committee
Oral Evidence
ZFP0016 - Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
Witnesses Robert Blackburn (Professor of Constitutional Law at King's College London)
Committees Constitution Committee
Written Evidence
ZFP0015 - Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
Witnesses Asif Hameed (Lecturer in Law at University of Southampton)
Committees Constitution Committee
Written Evidence
ZFP0013 - Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
Witnesses Robert Craig (Guest Teacher, Department of Law at London School of Economics)
Committees Constitution Committee
Written Evidence