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Government by Explanation: Some ideas from the select committee corridor

Government by Explanation: Some ideas from the select committee corridor

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Andrew Tyrie MP asks: what level and type of parliamentary scrutiny maximises the effectiveness of Government?
Andrew Tyrie MP asks: what level and type of parliamentary scrutiny maximises the effectiveness of Government?

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Published by: Institute for Government on Apr 06, 2011
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A series of personal perspectiveson government eectiveness
Government by Explanation
Some ideas from the select committee corridor 
Andrew Tyrie MP 
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Select committees have come to play a central role in the UK’s system o parliamentarydemocracy. Only in 1979 was the modern House o Commons committee system established,with dedicated cross-party committees scrutinising the work o each governmentdepartment. Since then, the capacity, status and eectiveness o committees has increasedsteadily. Select committees today are as established a part o Westminster lie as PrimeMinister’s Questions.But as Andrew Tyrie sets out in this pamphlet we could and should move urther in enhancingthe inluence o select committees. Andrew Tyrie is well-placed to lead the discussion on thisagenda. He is a long-time campaigner or greater accountability o government to Parliament.And under his chairmanship, the Treasury Committee recently won an unprecedented vetopower over appointment to the independent Oice or Budget Responsibility.In this important pamphlet, Andrew Tyrie sets out a broad vision or reorm o the selectcommittee system, guided by the insight that the key role o committees is to secure“government by explanation”, in which the executive is required to explain its proposals andjustiy its actions. He makes a number o signiicant and radical proposals, including stepsto enhance the role o the Liaison Committee, reorm to the method by which committeemembers are selected, and urther committee powers over key public appointments (in linewith the Institute or Government’s recent Balancing Act report).I am delighted that the Institute or Government is able to publish this document as part oour
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OUT series. I hope that its publication will lead to a lively discussion about the roleo parliament, and serious consideration o the vision and the proposals contained within.
Andrew Adonis
Director, Institute or Government

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