Peter Riddell, 21 November 1985
Show More The New Select Committees: A Study of the 1979 Reforms edited by Gavin Drewry.
Oxford, 410 pp., £25, September 1985, 9780198227854Show More
Commons Select Committees: Catalysts for Progress? edited by Dermot Englefield.
Longman, 288 pp., £15, May 1984, 0 582 90260 6Show More
British Government and the Constitution: Text, Cases and Materials by Colin Turpin.
Weidenfeld, 476 pp., £25, September 1985, 0 297 78651 2Show More
Parliament in the 1980s edited by Philip Norton.
Blackwell, 208 pp., £19.50, July 1985, 0 631 14056 5Show More
“... The new select committee system was launched in 1979 with a characteristic flourish by Norman St John Stevas, then Leader of the House of Commons. MPs were ‘embarking upon a series of changes that could constitute the most important Parliamentary reforms of the century’. The proposals were ‘intended to redress the balance of power’ – as between Parliament and the executive – ‘to enable the House of Commons to do more efficiently the job it has been elected to do ...”