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The Contemporary House of LordsWestminster Bicameralism Revived$
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Meg Russell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671564.001.0001

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Non-legislative Policy Work

Non-legislative Policy Work

(p.201) 8 Non-legislative Policy Work
The Contemporary House of Lords

Meg Russell

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses debates, questions and committee work in the House of Lords. It summarises the procedures for each, and considers their policy impact, drawing attention to similarities and differences from the House of Commons. It shows that questions and debates are less regulated than in the Commons, and can put ministers under expert scrutiny. Likewise, Lords committees (which are 'crosscutting’ rather than shadowing departments) produce expert reports which are often highly regarded. The chapter shows that committees with a constitutional remit - the Constitution Committee, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee and Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) have become particularly important to the House of Lords’ policy contribution. These committees operate in part through recommendations but also - like debates and questions - through the power of 'anticipated reactions'.

Keywords:   House of Lords, committees, debates, parliamentary questions, European Union Committee, Science and Technology Committee, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, Constitution Committee, Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR), anticipated reactions

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