Programming of legislation. fourth report of session 2003-04. report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.
House of Commons papers 2003-04 325
- Corporate Author:
- Great Britain Parliament House of Commons Procedure Committee
- Winterton Nicholas Sir chairman
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
A system of programming of bills by agreement between the political parties was introduced in 1997, but had broken down by 2000. The current system is governed by a set of sessional orders which do not require any cross-party agreement, and this has been the subject of controversy, with programme motions often divided on. Recommendations of the Committee include that programming motions should be decided without debate only where there is cross-party support, on other occasions the Government would, if necessary, have to justify such a motion in a one-hour debate, and that, in exchange, parties should adopt a constructive approach to programming. It also suggests that the introduction of carry-over of bills to the next session, which has the potential to lessen bottlenecks in the legislative process, should proceed with cross-party agreement.
|Extent||23, Ev 89p.||ISBN||9780215018441|
|Format||Paperback||Published||14 Jul 2004|
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