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Select Committee Powers – A Debate

On Thursday 16th September, the Study of Parliament Group held a debate on select committee powers following the House of Commons Privilege Committee’s recent report: Select Committees and Contempts. We were joined for this debate by: Chris Bryant MP – Chair of the Committee of Privileges and the Committee on Standards Alexander Horne – Counsel,Continue reading “Select Committee Powers – A Debate”

Save the date: SPG Annual Weekend 2022

A date for your diaries! The SPG Annual Weekend will return on the 7-8th January 2022. We are hoping to welcome members back to Oxford (restrictions permitting) and we will release more details on our plans, including registration and the programme closer to the event.  

Review of Parliaments and the Pandemic

Our recent publication, Parliaments and the Pandemic, has received a glowing review by Steven Chaplin, Adjunct Professor Commons Law and Fellow at uOttawa Public Law Centre, via the UK Constitutional Law Association’s blog. Steven says:   “For anyone who studies or advises Parliament or other legislative bodies, or any other large institution, Parliaments and the Pandemic, isContinue reading “Review of Parliaments and the Pandemic”

Parliaments and the Pandemic publication cited in Procedure Committee oral evidence session

The Study of Parliament Group’s recent publication Parliaments and the Pandemic was cited in an evidence session this week by the Clerk of the House of Commons, Dr John Benger, and Matthew Hamlyn, Strategic Director, Chamber Business Team, to the Procedure Committee, on how the House of Commons has adapted its procedures during the pandemic.Continue reading “Parliaments and the Pandemic publication cited in Procedure Committee oral evidence session”

Parliaments and the Pandemic – new SPG publication

In January 2021 the SPG published a collection of essays reflecting on the experience of parliaments in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020. The essays – written by current and former parliamentary staff, academics and others working in and on parliaments – examine how parliaments innovated and adapted their working practices to cope withContinue reading “Parliaments and the Pandemic – new SPG publication”

Covid-19 and Parliaments Seminars

Over the course of the summer the Study of Parliament Group hosted a number of virtual seminars addressing the impact of Covid-19 on parliaments. Sessions included: Covid-19 and the UK, Canadian and Australian Parliaments (29th April) Covid-19 and gender sensitivity in parliaments (13th May) Covid-19 and the parliaments of the Crown Dependencies (28th May) Covid-19Continue reading “Covid-19 and Parliaments Seminars”

Annual Conference, 10-11 January 2020

The Group held its annual conference at Cohen Quad, Exeter College, Oxford. Topics discussed included the use of data for scrutiny, Parliament and the Law, current academic research, Gender Sensitive Parliaments and a discussion with Chris Bryant MP. The second Michael Wheeler-Booth Memorial Lecture was given by Meg Hillier MP.

Conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the reformed select committee system

Between the 27th and 28th June the Study of Parliament Group and House of Commons held a two day conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the introduction of House of Commons Select Committees. More details about the conference can be found on the dedicated website here. The 2019 Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture was given as part ofContinue reading “Conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the reformed select committee system”