Taking back control


This report from UK think tank the Constitution Unit looks at why the House of Commons should govern its own time.

The House of Commons is the senior chamber in the UK’s sovereign parliament, to which the executive is accountable. Yet MPs have surprisingly little control over what the Commons can discuss, and when. This has caused significant controversies in recent years, from the ‘seizing of the agenda’ by MPs over Brexit, to their frustrations about being locked out of decision-making on COVID-19 and on decisions about virtual participation during the pandemic. This report addresses why MPs lack control of their own institution, what problems this causes and, crucially, what should be done.

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