FTPA Joint Committee lays down marker for the future

The Constitution Unit Blog

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011placed a legal obligation on the Prime Minister to make arrangements for a committee to review the legislation before the end of 2020. That committee was duly created, and published its reportlast month.Robert Hazell and Meg Russell offer a summary of the committee’s work and argue thatthe committee ‘ignored’ the weight of the evidence on several key areas.

On 24 March the parliamentary Joint Committee to review the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (FTPA) published its report. The committee was established last November under section 7 of the FTPA, which required the Prime Minister in 2020 to make arrangements for a committee to review the operation of the Act, and if appropriate to make recommendations for its amendment or repeal. The review was carried out by a Joint Committee composed of 14 MPs and six members of the House of Lords, and…

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