MIL-OSI UK: Former Foreign Secretaries give evidence to Committee

Source: British Parliament News

07 January 2019
The House of Lords Constitution Committee will hear from former Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind as part of its inquiry on Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties.

Witnesses
Wednesday 9 January in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
At 10.45am
Rt Hon. Jack Straw
Then at 11.30am
Rt Hon. Sir Malcom Rifkind
Possible questions
How effective is parliamentary scrutiny of treaties?
Is it appropriate that Parliament’s role in the treaty-making process is limited to a “take it or leave it” vote after a treaty has been signed by the Government?
If  Parliament played a more active role in the mandating and negotiating phases of the treaty process, to what extent would this help or hinder the Government?
Has the influence and involvement of Number 10 and other government departments in the making of foreign policy changed how the Government negotiates treaties?
Does the loss of  EU scrutiny processes post-Brexit require Parliament to create new scrutiny mechanisms of its own to replace them?
To what extent is there a case for Parliament to scrutinise treaties post-implementation?
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MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates case for UK Constitutional Convention

Source: British Parliament News

12 December 2018
Members of the Lords, including the governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and a former First Minister of Scotland, will debate the current constitutional challenges within the United Kingdom and the case for the establishment of a UK-wide Constitutional Convention to address issues of democratic accountability and devolution, particularly in England, in the House of Lords on Thursday 13 December.

This is a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Party), co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution
Members expected to take part include:
Lord Higgins (Conservative), governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, is expected to make his valedictory speech.
Lord Young of Cookham (Conservative), Lords spokesperson in the Cabinet Office, will respond on behalf of the government.
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