Gold rush – the role of UK Sport in Team GB’s success

, 16 August 2016

One of the reasons for Team GB’s success is ruthless performance management by UK Sport, the arm’s length body that allocates funding to high-performance sports. Prior to the London 2012 Olympics, UK Sport set a target of winning between 48 and 70 medals, spread across at least 12 different sports. Britain’s final medal tally...

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Presumed consent? The role of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Brexit process

, 11 August 2016

Ever since devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland began in 1999, the UK Government has operated according to the ‘Sewel’ or ‘legislative consent’ convention. Under this convention, Westminster will not normally legislate on devolved matters without the agreement of the devolved parliaments and assemblies. Given the stark political differences over Brexit, the legislative...

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Government gets commercial

, 10 August 2016

In summer 2013, news of the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) failure to manage electronic monitoring of offenders, a service provided by Serco and G4S, hit the headlines. There were plenty of failures before, but this incident marked a turning point in government’s awareness of the need to improve its commercial skills. The Government quickly...

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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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