Parliament

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  • Is Parliament an effective check on the power of the executive?
    • NO
      • The executive exercises significant control over t he legislative timetable and MPs hoping to step legislation through parliament face significant obstacles.
      • Government defeats are rare - most backbench MPs from the governing party obey the whip on a majority of votes.
      • The government is usually able to overturn hostile amendments made in the House of Lords, and can resort to the Parliament Act to bypass opposition in the Lords.
      • Select committees have little power. The government is not required to accept their recommendations and often ignores proposals that run counter to its preferred policy.
    • YES
      • The executive's control over the parliamentary timetable has been weakened by the creation of the BBBC and the greater use of urgent questions.
      • Backbench MPs provide greater checks on government policy than in the past, with increased incidents of rebellion a constraint on government action.
      • The reformed House of Lords, in which no party has a majority, is a more effective revising chamber - amendments made in the Lords often force the government to rethink legislation.
      • Select committees have become more influential, with governments accepting around 40% of their recommendations. The election of select committee chairs and members has enhanced their independence.

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