With attention shifting to the Queen’s Speech and the legislation to come in the next parliamentary session, Gavin Freeguard looks back at what happened during the first session of this parliament, and how it compares to previous parliamentary sessions.
We now have a full list of primary legislation passed into law in the 2014-15 parliamentary session under the Coalition – and during the whole 2010-15 parliament. Did it become, as some suggested, a ‘zombie parliament’? Gavin Freeguard looks at the law data. We have excluded private bills, private members’ bills, secondary legislation like statutory instruments and bills which did not receive Royal Assent from our analysis. Click images to enlarge
There has been much talk lately of Parliament morphing into a so called ‘zombie Parliament’, devoid of legislative impetus and lacking in fresh law-making ideas. As we have argued before, there is much more a Parliament could and should usefully do than simply add to the statute book in order to be seen to be alive and kicking. But what does the data show?