A ‘supersize committee’ could hamper Parliament’s scrutiny of Brexit

, 9 August 2016

The creation of a new government department like the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) would normally be followed by the establishment of an 11-member select committee to scrutinise it. But Brexit is the hottest topic in Parliament, and many parliamentarians will want to play a central role in scrutinising the process. While...

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Are we there yet? Progress on Theresa May’s government reorganisation

, 9 August 2016

The front-runner: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy It may or may not have been the impact on energy prices that caused ministers to blink at Hinkley Point C – but the department that seems to be making the best fist of its integration so far is the new Department for Business, Energy &...

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‘To ask the Secretary of State’: parliamentary questions in 2015-16

, 5 August 2016

Despite the upheaval of the past month– the EU referendum, the new Prime Minister, Shadow Cabinet tumult, and more – the processes of government continue. Parliamentary questions (PQs) are an important tool in holding ministers to account. There were over 37,000 questions tabled in 2015/16. Examining both the recent data from the Procedure Committee,...

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To help improve public services, stop repeating past mistakes

, 4 August 2016

New leaders often want to shake things up and make their mark when taking on a new role. The new post-referendum administration is no different and a substantial level of uncertainty surrounds a whole sweep of policies and projects put in train by David Cameron’s government. But before Theresa May and the new Secretary...

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Devolution saves 6 billion plastic bags

, 1 August 2016

At first, the UK Government – for these purposes the Government of England – was a bag tax sceptic. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its expert advisers pointed to evidence to show that the life cycle benefits of reducing plastic bag use were ambiguous, and ministers did not want...

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The domestic politics of negotiating Brexit: EU money?

, 1 August 2016

The UK makes an average net contribution to the EU of £7.1bn. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), on average the UK Government contributes £12.7bn a year to the EU, and receives £5.6bn. This contribution was on average £3.6bn less than might have been expected based on the EU’s funding formula, because the...

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