Debating the Effectiveness of House of Commons Departmental Select Committees in Informing the House

Debating the Effectiveness of House of Commons Departmental Select Committees in Informing the House

Stephen Holden Bates (University of Birmingham), Mark Goodwin (Coventry University), Steve McKay (University of Lincoln) and Wang Leung Ting (LSE) discuss the impact of departmental select committee work on business in the House of Commons chamber.

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Spies in Parliament: not as unusual as you might think

Spies in Parliament: not as unusual as you might think

Following reports that Rory Stewart, a former contender for the Conservative leadership was once a member of the Secret Intelligence Service, Andrew Defty of ParliLinc, discusses the history of spies in Parliament.

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Reducing the size of the House of Lords: two steps forward, two steps back

Reducing the size of the House of Lords: two steps forward, two steps back

There has for some time been an apparent consensus in parliament and government that the House of Lords has too many members, yet recent efforts to effect reform have made little progress. David Beamish explains how an apparent change of government position and the parliamentary tactics of a determined minority have slowed the pace of change.

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