Time for Parliament to seize the initiative - 6 Jul, 2007
Make constitutional reform
happen, says Hansard Society
The Hansard Society, the UK's leading
non-partisan political research and education charity, welcomes Gordon Brown's
commitment to introduce constitutional and parliamentary reform and urges
politicians across the political spectrum to take the lead in strengthening
Hansard Society Chief Executive,
Fiona Booth, commented: ‘Gordon Brown has provided a ‘route map' towards rebalancing
the relationship between Parliament and government. MPs now have a duty to
respond to his call for dialogue and work towards a strong Parliament which has
a more equal and independent relationship with government.
‘The Hansard Society has worked
with all parties and independent voices for many years to develop a broad
consensus for reform across the political spectrum. There is still more to be
done and we will continue to advocate further reforms.'
The Hansard Society put forward
10 recommendations for restoring trust in parliamentary democracy (see below).
While welcoming many of the proposed reforms contained in the Green Paper, we
advocate further changes to strengthen the role of Parliament, such as:
- Improving Parliament's scrutiny powers over
government budget and spending proposals
- Creating a system of post-legislative
- Giving Parliament greater control over the
use of parliamentary time
- Using up-to-date methods and technologies to
establish two-way channels of engagement between Parliament, Government
- Formalising mechanisms of communication
and devolved institutions.
For further information
contact Communications Manager Virginia Gibbons on 0207 438 1225 or 07812 765
Summary of Hansard Society research on parliamentary
- The Hansard Society is the UK's
leading non-partisan political research and education charity which exists
to strengthen parliamentary democracy and encourage greater public
involvement in politics.
- The non-partisan Hansard Society has an
unrivalled record of research and recommendations, many of which have been
adopted by Parliament.
- Hansard Society recommendations for restoring trust in
parliamentary democracy.These recommendations are aimed at enhancing
the role of Parliament as the representative body of the people and
encouraging understanding and engagement with the democratic political