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The effectiveness of the post-1979 select committee system : The verdict of the 1990 procedure committee

Judge, David (1992) The effectiveness of the post-1979 select committee system : The verdict of the 1990 procedure committee. Political Quarterly, 63 (1). pp. 91-100. ISSN 0032-3179

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Abstract

‘We are embarking upon a series of changes that could constitute the most important Parliamentary reforms of the century.’ WITH these oft-quoted words the then Leader of the House, Norman St John Stevas, now Lord St John of Fawsley, heralded the introduction of the 1979 select committee system and what for him promised a new dawn in the relationship between the executive and legislature. At the time there was much speculation as to his motives and seriousness of intent. Over a decade later, doubts still remain. Thus, Gavin Drewry, one of the leading academic observers of the new committee system, confessed that: ‘I have often wondered, when I have read and re-read, Norman St John Stevas’ original speech in setting up the committees whether his tongue was in his cheek when he spoke about redressing the balance of power’.

Item type: Article
ID code: 29610
Keywords: British politics, select committee, balance of power, Political science (General), Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Political Science > Political science (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2011 14:48
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 07:59
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/29610

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