Public Bills And The House Of Commons

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Arguably, the scrutiny of Public Bills has depended more on the House of Lords than it has on the House of Commons in recent years. The term “scrutiny” means the critical observation or examination regarding the Public Bills. The “effectiveness” of the scrutiny could be measured in a variety of ways, such as the period of time the bill stays in parliament for, and whether parliament can take on board evidence from committees and implement the bills into legislation. In order to determine if the House of Lords has been more effective than the House of Commons in scrutinising public bills, it is crucial to compare and contrast the effectiveness of the procedures used in both houses.

The function of select committees in the House of Lords differs compared to their function in the House of Commons, with each select committee adapting a broad perspective on a subject area rather than a government department. This allows the Lords committees to scrutinize probing issues in great detail, arguably making them more effective. Committees in the House of Lords also benefit from expert knowledge and a broad range of experience as membership is made up of specialists in their fields. The effectiveness of the House of Lords on the scrutiny of public bills was saw in relation to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act in 2011. This bill recommended for the next General Election to be held under the Alternative Vote system, if successful in the 2011 referendum. It also…
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