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Latest book

Parliament and the Law, 2nd edition
ed Alexander Horne, Gavin Drewry
Hart Publishing, Oxford, February 2018, £55
ISBN 9781509908714
See here for data by Megan Conway and Alexander Horne in connection with a chapter of the book: "The Impact of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on Government Legislation".

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Latest evidence

Procedure Committee: Fifth Report, Session 2016-17, HC 190
Authorising Government expenditure: steps to more effective scrutiny
Oral and written (and supplementary written) evidence by John McEldowney and Sir Stephen Laws

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Latest SPG paper

The Study of Parliament Group publishes on its website a range of research reports, seminar papers and other material generated as part of the Groupís various activities. These are papers that would not otherwise be in the public domain, but which the Group considers to be valuable contributions to public awareness of and discussion about the matters that fall within its objects.

The views expressed in these papers are those of their authors and do not represent the Groupís views on their subject matter. Users of the Groupís website who wish to contact the author(s) of any of its papers are invited to do so directly via the addresses given.

SPG Paper 3 (March 2014):
Alexander Horne
Is there a case for greater legislative involvement in the judicial appointments process? (PDF, 1,241kb)
ISBN 978 0 9510485 1 1

Latest article

Special Section: 40 years of Departmental Select Committees in the House of Commons (Guest Editors: Paul Evans, Lucinda Maer, Philip Norton and Huw Yardley)
Parliamentary Affairs, Volume 72, Issue 4, October 2019
ISSN 0031-2290, EISSN 1460-2482
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  • Pages 727–741: Departmental Select Committees: The Reform of the Century?: Philip Norton
  • Pages 747–760: Reform and Consolidation: A New Perspective on Commons Select Committees 1960–1980, Philip Aylett
  • Pages 761–778: Select Committee Reform: Shifting the Balance and Pushing the Boundaries, Lucinda Maer
  • Pages 779–798: The National Audit Office and the Select Committee System 1979–2019, Henry Midgley
  • Pages 799–820: A Means to an End and an End in Itself: Select Committee Membership, Parliamentary Roles and Parliamentary Careers, 1979–Present: Stephen McKay, Mark Goodwin, Stephen Holden Bates
  • Pages 821–840, Performing Scrutiny along the Committee Corridor of the UK House of Commons, Marc Geddes
  • Pages 841–859, Chairing UK Select Committees: Walking Between Friends and Foes,* Emma Crewe, Nicholas Sarra
  • Pages 860–878: The Territorial Select Committees, 40 Years On, David Torrance, Adam Evans
  • Pages 879–902: Select Committees: Understanding and Regulating the Emergence of the ‘Topical Inquiry’, Craig Prescott
  • Pages 903–922: Select Committees: Agents of Change, Adam Mellows-Facer, Chloe Challender, Paul Evans
  • Pages 923–944: Select Committees and Brexit: Parliamentary Influence in a Divisive Policy Area,* Philip Lynch, Richard Whitaker
  • Pages 945–964: Between Diversity, Representation and ‘Best Evidence’: Rethinking Select Committee Evidence-Gathering Practices, Danielle Beswick, Stephen Elstub
  • Pages 965–986: How Public Engagement Became a Core Part of the House of Commons Select Committees, Aileen Walker, Naomi Jurczak, Catherine Bochel, Cristina Leston-Bandeira
  • Pages 987–995, Conclusion: So, What Is Good Scrutiny Good For? Paul Evans
  • Pages 996–1013, Is the House of Commons Too Powerful? The 2019 Bingham Lecture in Constitutional Studies, University of Oxford, Philip Norton

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Last updated: 4 January 2020