The emperor has no clothes


This pamphlet from the UK think tank Demos puts forward a proposal to bolster the authority of Select Committees.

A pamphlet from the Rt. Hon. Lord Andrew Tyrie is calling for the establishment of a new parliamentary court to strengthen Select Committee powers, ahead of the election of new Select Committee Chairs on January 29th 2020. In The Emperor Has No Clothes: A proposal to bolster the authority of Select Committees, Tyrie highlights the current limitations of Select Committee ability to compel witnesses to give evidence and produce papers. While Committees have, since the introduction of Chairmen through secret ballot in 2010, started to make fuller use of their theoretical powers, there have been high profile examples of refusals to comply with their demands.

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