UK Executive Scrutiny

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  • Executive Scrutiny
    • Committees
      • Public Bill Committees:
        • Consider bills on a line by line basis.
        • Ad hoc (temporary)
        • 40% of amendments are accepted.
          • Eg finance bill 2017
        • large amount of time spent.
      • Select Committees:
        • Scrutinise gov departments.
        • Call for persons and papers.
        • 18 select committees, e.g. Pubic Accounts Committee.
        • reflective of the floor of the House.
          • Whips allocate MPs, can keep rebellious MPs out.
        • 5 HOL select committees: The European Union Committee.
    • Parliamentary Ombudsman
      • Limited to cases of maladministration brought to their attention by MPs.
      • Power is diminished by factors such as:
        • Limited resources.
        • Limited access to files: Cannot access Cabinet papers.
        • No powers of enforcement.
    • PMQs/Question Time
      • Often watched by the Public.
      • Adversarial politics: arguing along party lines.
      • Political point scoring.
      • Brought scandals to light: Blair Cash for Honours.
    • Opposition days
      • 20 opposition days a year.
      • Raise issues of interest.
      • Awkward questions ti present the gov in a negative light.
      • Somewhat ritualistic.
    • House of Lords
      • More impartial as there are no party whips. More legitimate.
      • European Select Committee is highly specialised.
        • Strong ability to scrutinise the gov's European policy.
        • Highly respected in Parliament.
    • Debates
      • Discuss national issues e.g. London riots 12011.
      • Damaging blows from opposition.
      • Ritualistic/political point scoring.
      • Everything is recorded in Hansard.


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