House of Commons public bill committees and oral evidence: a half-step forward?

Bochel, Hugh (2023) House of Commons public bill committees and oral evidence: a half-step forward? Parliamentary Affairs . ISSN 0031-2290

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsac013

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House of Commons public bill committees and oral evidence: a half-step forward?
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Abstract

The introduction of evidence sessions for House of Commons public bill committees in 2007, including oral evidence from witnesses, was widely seen as a potentially significant improvement in informing scrutiny of legislation. Drawing on interviews with officials and witnesses, and on data gathered from Hansard for the 2017-19 session, this article examines the selection and some of the characteristics of witnesses, witnesses’ views of the process, and how oral evidence is used in subsequent scrutiny of the legislation. While recognising that oral evidence does make an important contribution to scrutiny, the article notes that both the process as it currently exists, and the inevitable influence of political factors, mean that the impact of oral evidence on legislation remains very limited.

Keywords:House of Commons, legislative scrutiny, public bill committees, evidence, committee witnesses
Subjects:L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
L Social studies > L232 UK Constitutional studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:49458
Deposited On:07 Jun 2022 15:10

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