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Efficiency in the House of Commons since 1997

Alexandra Kelso

in Parliamentary Reform at Westminster

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780719076756
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076756.003.0004
Efficiency in the House of Commons since 1997

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The Labour Party government elected in 1997 was committed to an expansive legislative programme after almost twenty years in opposition, and was keen to ensure that the most efficient mechanisms were in place to secure that programme. To achieve this, the government established a Modernisation Committee to implement the necessary changes in parliament. A significant proportion of this Committee's time has been spent on efficiency matters similar to those explored previously by the Procedure Committee. The notion of modernisation has been utilised by the government to update and redesign procedures primarily (although not exclusively) for its own benefit. These changes have included alterations to the legislative process, adjustments to House sitting hours, and the creation of Westminster Hall as a parallel chamber. The Labour government's constitutional reform programme included a commitment to establish a select committee for the specific purpose of modernising the House of Commons.

Keywords: Labour Party; Modernisation Committee; House of Commons; efficiency; modernisation; legislative process; sitting hours; Westminster Hall; constitutional reform; parliament

Chapter.  12427 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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