Governing the UK: Reforms to the House of Commons

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Reforms to the House of Commons

Prime Minister's Questions (Blair, 1997):

  • Prime Minister's Questions was changed from two 15-minute sessions each week to one 30-minute session, which critics argue lessens the executive's exposure to parliament
  • however, it is also argued that the extensive preparation of PMQs took the Prime Minister's focus away from more important political matters

Liaison Committee (Blair, 2002):

  • twice a year, the heads of the select committees question the Prime Minister over their particular area of interest, thus holding the Prime Minister to greater scrutiny
  • unlike PMQs, it is senior MPs that hold the Prime Minister to account, and, as it is done in the committee rooms, there is

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