Reform parliamentary procedures in line with the 2017 Fabian report on this subject

Posted on 13-09-18 by Noman Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 1

I propose that a future Labour government reform parliamentary procedures in line with the 2017 Fabian report on this subject by introducing the following:


1) Formal job description of the roles MPs must & must not perform for their constituency.


2) Introduce an electronic system to register requests to speak in parliament.


3) Limit PMQs to 15 minutes exchanges with political party leaders only but give back-bench MPs opportunity to question the Prime Minister at special weekly back-bench select committees.


4) Require political party leaders to formally outline in advance (i.e. before a parliamentary session begins) in what areas (e.g. constitutional, financial regulatory matters etc) they expect to exercise the whip & be only allowed to exercises that whip if the political party in government exercises the whip in that area also.


5) Replace the 'aye & no lobbies' voting with a e-voting system.


6) Re-allocate government time in parliament in order to free up parliamentary time for MPs to introduce non-government legislation.


7) Hold post-legislative scrutiny with a mandatory debate on any act of parliament (provided the majority of the House of Common has e-voted for it?) within 18 months of it receiving royal assent.


8) Not only extend the use of draft bills in order to give academic experts & members of the public opportunity to shape (i.e. alter/adjust to better fit to known empirical data as well as address the concerns of the public) legislation on relevant areas but to also make it mandatory on matters of civil liberties & infrastructure investment.


9) Introduce a uniform time limits (i.e. every MP regardless of party affiliation is given equal amount of time to speak - e.g. 15 minutes) on matters not connected to the constitution, war, civil liberties, privatisation/nationalisation.


10) Create, for a time limited period, a committee to investigate which archaic parliamentary procedure (e.g. MPs of opposing parties having to stand up when the PM speaks) & language needs to be removed so as to clear more time for MPs to speak.


11) Make all draft law understandable by requiring it be written in plain english, within a particular word limit (size of a university dissertation or PhD perhaps?) as well as a copy released in e-form with indexes to enable MPs & voters to peruse & navigate with ease.


12) Create a dedicated parliamentary that investigates what (legislative or committee structures?) need to be created to ensure MPs & Peers have the neccessary time (e.g. days to study official documents) & resources (e.g. access to material & research staff) to audit all previous & present decisions a particular government departments (e.g. Home Office, Treasury, DwP, MoD etc) had made upon particular policies (e.g. see Home Office mishandling of the Windrush issue or Treasury handling of the 2008 crash) in order to ensure greater consistency in the implementation (e.g. whether it has been uniformly applied, has it encountered obstacles from incompetence, has the official/public stated intention to parliament is different to the instructions given to civil servants privately) & direction (e.g. by what date what results would be achieved and how or what problem is anticipated in the foreseeable future) of that policy.

Referring to: Justice and Home Affairs

The Justice and Home Affairs Policy Commission examines Labour thinking on issues such as policing, the justice system, immigration and asylum, and political and constitutional reform.

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