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Reforming parliament

Stung by the fear of irrelevance and the Hutton inquiry, parliament is little by little becoming a more effective scrutineer

By Tony Wright   October 2004

As part of the Blair government’s constitutional reform programme, the House of Commons has been living through a period of significant upheaval. The house sits at different times. A second debating chamber has been added. More bills are considered in draft. Select committees have more resources and tasks. These have not caught the public eye in the manner of devolution or reform of the Lords but, like those latter measures, reform of the Commons, insofar as it increases the accountability of government, can be seen as part of a broader movement to reduce the concentration of executive power in Britain.

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