A Quiet Word:
Lobbying, Crony Capitalism
and Broken Politics in Britain

The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created on 7 June 2010. [1]
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October 2013

The Coalition Government’s Programme of Political and Constitutional Reform

  • Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence on 10 Oct. [109]
  • Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister of State (Cities and Constitution) at Cabinet Office gave evidence on 10 Oct. [109]

September 2013

The Government's Lobbying Bill

August 2013

THE GOVERNMENT'S LOBBYING BILL

July 2013

House of Lords Reform: what next?

  • David Beamish, Clerk of the Parliaments gave evidence on 4 Jul. [103]
  • Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE, gave evidence on 4 Jul. [103]
  • Rt Hon Lord Richard, PC QC gave evidence on 4 Jul. [103]
  • Lord Cormack DL FSA, gave evidence on 4 Jul. [103]

PRE-APPOINTMENT HEARING FOR THE CHAIR OF THE LORDS APPOINTMENTS COMMISSION

  • Professor the Lord Kakkar, gave evidence on 18 Jul. [104]

THE GOVERNMENT’S LOBBYING BILL

June 2013

HOUSE OF LORDS REFORM: WHAT NEXT?

  • Rt Hon Lord Steel of Aikwood, gave evidence on 6 Jun. [99]
  • Rt Hon Baroness Hayman, former Lord Speaker gave evidence on 6 Jun. [99]
  • The Rt Hon the Lord Goodlad KCMG PC, gave evidence on 13 Jun. [100]
  • Professor The Lord Norton of Louth, gave evidence on 13 Jun. [100]
  • Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield FBA, gave evidence on 13 Jun. [100]
  • Lord Tyler, gave evidence on 13 Jun. [100]
  • Dr Meg Russell, University College London gave evidence on 27 Jun. [102]
  • Dr Stephen Barber, London South Bank University gave evidence on 27 Jun. [102]
  • Dr Chris Ballinger, Oxford University gave evidence on 27 Jun. [102]
  • Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG, Chairman, House of Lords Appointments Commission gave evidence on 27 Jun. [102]

THE Role and Powers of the Prime Minister: The Impact of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011

May 2013

Revisiting Rebuilding the House: the impact of the Wright reforms

  • Mr Clive Betts MP, gave evidence on 9 May. [97]
  • Pete Wishart MP, gave evidence on 9 May. [97]
  • Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, Natascha Engel MP gave evidence on 9 May. [97]
  • Graham Brady MP, gave evidence on 9 May. [97]
  • David Howarth, University of Cambridge and formerly MP for Cambridge gave evidence on 9 May. [97]
  • Ms Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House gave evidence on 16 May. [98]
  • Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE MP, Leader of the House gave evidence on 16 May. [98]

April 2013

Data-matching pilots for Individual Electoral Registration

Oral evidence

  • Jenny Watson, Electoral Commission, Andrew Scallan, Director of Electoral Administration, Electoral Commission, Phil Thompson, Research and Evaluation Manager, Electoral Commission, gave evidence gave evidence on 25 Apr. [95]

Revisiting Rebuilding the House: the impact of the Wright reforms

March 2013

REVISITING REBUILDING THE HOUSE: THE IMPACT OF THE WRIGHT REFORMS

Role and powers of the Prime Minister

  • Dan Corry, former Head of No. 10 Policy Unit gave evidence on 7 Mar. [91]
  • Dr Mark Bennister, Canterbury Christ Church University gave evidence on 7 Mar. [91]
  • Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, Senior Consultant on Constitutional Affairs to Policy Exchange gave evidence on 7 Mar. [91]

February 2013

DO WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION FOR the UK?

  • Professor Gerald Holtham, adviser, Welsh Government gave evidence on 28 Feb. [89]
  • Alan Trench, gave evidence on 28 Feb. [89]

ROLE AND POWERS OF THE Prime Minister

  • Professor Robert Hazell CBE, Professor of Government and the Constitution, Director of the Constitution Unit, School of Public Policy, UCL gave evidence on 7 Feb. [88]
  • Professor Michael Foley, Aberystwyth University gave evidence on 7 Feb. [88]

The IMPACT AND effectiveness of ministerial REshuffles

  • Lord O’Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary gave evidence on 28 Feb. [90]

January 2013

Do we need a CONSTITUTIONAL convention for the UK?

Ensuring Standards in the Quality of Legislation

THE IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF MINISTERIAL RESHUFFLES

December 2012

Examination of Witness

  • Miss Chloe Smith MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 13 Dec. [82]
  • Rt Hon Mr Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence on 13 Dec. [82]

TAKEN BEFORE THE

  • Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence on 13 Dec. [81]

The Impact and Effectiveness of Ministerial Reshuffles

  • Rt Hon Lord Turnbull KCB CVO, Former Cabinet Secretary gave evidence on 6 Dec. [79]
  • Chris Mullin, Former Member of Parliament for Sunderland South gave evidence on 6 Dec. [79]
  • Rt Hon Charles Clarke, gave evidence on 13 Dec. [80]
  • Rt Hon Lord Heseltine CH PC, gave evidence on 13 Dec. [80]
  • Rt Hon Lord Reid of Cardowan, gave evidence on 13 Dec. [80]

November 2012

Do we need a Constitutional Convention for the UK?

  • Dr Robin Wilson, gave evidence on 1 Nov. [75]
  • Mike Nesbitt MLA, gave evidence on 1 Nov. [75]
  • Dr Christopher McGimpsey, gave evidence on 1 Nov. [75]
  • John McCallister MLA, gave evidence on 1 Nov. [75]
  • Miss Chloë Smith MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 8 Nov. [76]
  • Ciaran Martin, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 8 Nov. [76]

The Impact and Effectiveness of Ministerial Reshuffles

October 2012

Do we need a constitutional convention for the UK?

  • Willie Rennie MSP, Scottish Parliament gave evidence on 4 Oct. [72]
  • Nigel Smith, Director of VoxScot, strategic advice for referendum campaigns gave evidence on 4 Oct. [72]
  • Professor James Mitchell, Strathclyde University gave evidence on 4 Oct. [72]
  • Ruth Davidson MSP, Scottish Parliament gave evidence on 4 Oct. [72]
  • Johann Lamont MSP, Scottish Parliament gave evidence on 4 Oct. [72]
  • Lord Maclennan of Rogart, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee gave evidence on 18 Oct. [73]
  • Canon Kenyon Wright, Former Executive Chairman of the cross-party Scottish Constitutional Convention (1989-1999) gave evidence on 18 Oct. [73]

Ensuring standards in the quality of legislation

September 2012

DO WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE UK?

Ensuring Standards in the Quality of Legislation

  • Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, gave evidence on 13 Sep. [70]
  • Lord Maclennan of Rogart, gave evidence on 13 Sep. [71]
  • Lord Norton of Louth, gave evidence on 13 Sep. [70]
  • Rt Hon Lord Maclennan of Rogart, gave evidence on 13 Sep. [70]

July 2012

DO WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE UK?

  • Andrew R. T. Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group gave evidence on 12 Jul. [68]
  • Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales and Leader of Welsh Labour gave evidence on 12 Jul. [68]

Ensuring standards in the quality of legislation

June 2012

Do we need a constitutional convention for the UK?

Ensuring standards in thE quality of legislation

May 2012

Examination of Witness

TAKEN BEFORE THE

April 2012

Examination

  • Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence on 19 Apr. [59]
  • Mr Mark Harper MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 19 Apr. [59]
  • Dr Raj Chari, Author, Regulate Lobbying: A Global Comparison gave evidence on 26 Apr. [67]
  • Rob McKinnon, Who’s Lobbying gave evidence on 26 Apr. [67]

RECALL OF MPs

  • Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence on 19 Apr. [49]
  • Mr Mark Harper MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 19 Apr. [49]

TAKEN BEFORE THE

  • Dr Raj Chari, Author, Regulate Lobbying: A Global Comparison gave evidence on 26 Apr. [51]
  • Rob McKinnon, Who’s Lobbying gave evidence on 26 Apr. [51]

The Coalition Government’s programme of political and constitutional reform

  • Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence on 19 Apr. [50]
  • Mr Mark Harper MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 19 Apr. [50]
  • Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence on 19 Apr. [54]
  • Mr Mark Harper MP, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 19 Apr. [54]

March 2012

Examination of Witness

Introducing a Statutory Register of Lobbyists

Minutes of EvidenceHC 153

Recall of MPs

TAKEN BEFORE THE

February 2012

INTRODUCING A STATUTORY REGISTER OF LOBBYISTS

  • Tamasin Cave, SpinWatch and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency gave evidence on 2 Feb. [43]
  • Justin Fisher, Brunel University gave evidence on 2 Feb. [43]
  • Lionel Zetter, Lobbyist and author of 'Lobbying: the Art of Political Persuasion' gave evidence on 2 Feb. [43]

Minutes of EvidenceHC 153

  • Tamasin Cave, SpinWatch and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency gave evidence on 2 Feb. [63]
  • Justin Fisher, Brunel University gave evidence on 2 Feb. [63]
  • Lionel Zetter, Lobbyist and author of 'Lobbying: the Art of Political Persuasion' gave evidence on 2 Feb. [63]

January 2012

Financing OF New Housing Supply

MAPPING THE PATH TO CODIFYING-OR NOT CODIFYING- THE UK’S CONSTITUTION

Minutes of EvidenceHC 373

  • Mr Douglas Carswell MP, gave evidence on 19 Jan. [56]
  • Peter Facey, Unlock Democracy gave evidence on 19 Jan. [56]
  • Zac Goldsmith MP, gave evidence on 19 Jan. [56]
  • Dr Alan Renwick, University of Reading gave evidence on 19 Jan. [56]
  • Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP, Chair, Standards and Privileges Committee gave evidence on 26 Jan. [57]
  • John Lyon CB, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards gave evidence on 26 Jan. [57]
  • Robert Rogers, Clerk of the House gave evidence on 26 Jan. [57]
  • Liam Laurence Smyth, Clerk of the Journals gave evidence on 26 Jan. [57]
  • Michael Carpenter, Speaker’s Counsel gave evidence on 26 Jan. [57]

RECALL OF MPS

  • Mr Douglas Carswell MP, gave evidence on 19 Jan. [40]
  • Peter Facey, Unlock Democracy gave evidence on 19 Jan. [40]
  • Zac Goldsmith MP, gave evidence on 19 Jan. [40]
  • Dr Alan Renwick, University of Reading gave evidence on 19 Jan. [40]
  • Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP, Chair, Standards and Privileges Committee gave evidence on 26 Jan. [41]
  • John Lyon CB, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards gave evidence on 26 Jan. [41]
  • Robert Rogers, Clerk of the House gave evidence on 26 Jan. [41]
  • Liam Laurence Smyth, Clerk of the Journals gave evidence on 26 Jan. [41]
  • Michael Carpenter, Speaker's Counsel gave evidence on 26 Jan. [41]

December 2011

The UK's Constitution

  • Tony Benn, former parliamentarian gave evidence on 8 Dec. [38]
  • Professor Richard Gordon QC, gave evidence on 8 Dec. [38]
  • Frank Vibert, London School of Economics gave evidence on 8 Dec. [38]

November 2011

Rules of Royal Succession

October 2011

Individual Electoral Registration and Electoral Administration

  • Mark Harper MP, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform gave evidence on 13 Oct. [35]
  • Mr Mark Harper MP, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform gave evidence on 13 Oct. [36]

September 2011

Individual Electoral Registration and Electoral Administration

July 2011

The UK's Constitution

THE UK’S CONSTITUTION

June 2011

Examination

UK Bill of Rights Commission

  • Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, Member of the UK Bill of Rights Commission gave evidence on 16 Jun. [28]
  • Martin Howe QC, Member of the UK Bill of Rights Commission gave evidence on 16 Jun. [28]
  • Professor Philippe Sands QC, Member of the UK Bill of Rights Commission gave evidence on 16 Jun. [28]
  • Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC, Member of the UK Bill of Rights Commission gave evidence on 16 Jun. [28]

UK Bill of Rights Commission  

May 2011

Parliament's role in conflict decisions

The Coalition Government's programme of political and constitutional reform

  • Rt Hon Mr Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence on 12 May. [25]
  • Mr Mark Harper, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 12 May. [25]

March 2011

Constitutional Implications of the Cabinet Manual

  • Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, gave evidence on 3 Mar. [21]
  • David Walker, gave evidence on 3 Mar. [21]
  • Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Democratic Audit gave evidence on 3 Mar. [21]
  • Sir Gus O'Donnell KCB, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service gave evidence on 10 Mar. [22]

Constitutional issues relating to the courts and Parliament

  • Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Democratic Audit gave evidence on 3 Mar. [23]
  • Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, gave evidence on 3 Mar. [23]

February 2011

Parliamentary Voting System

Voting by convicted prisoners: summary of evidence

  • Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT, House of Lords gave evidence on 1 Feb. [12]
  • Aidan O'Neill QC, gave evidence on 1 Feb. [12]
  • Dr Eric Metcalfe, JUSTICE gave evidence on 1 Feb. [12]

January 2011

Constitutional Implications of the Cabinet Manual

Constitutional lessons from New Zealand

  • Professor Margaret Wilson, Former Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives gave evidence on 20 Jan. [11]

Prospects for Codifying the Relationship between Central and Local government

  • Mr Clive Betts MP, Chair, Communities and Local government Committee gave evidence on 20 Jan. [20]

December 2010

PROSPECTS FOR CODIFYING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CENTRAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

November 2010

Prospects for Codifying the Relationship Between Central and Local Government

Prospects for codifying the relationship between central and local government 

October 2010

Lessons from the process of Government formation after the 2010 General Election

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

September 2010

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

  • Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Democratic Audit gave evidence on 9 Sep. [6]
  • Andrew Scallan, Electoral Commission gave evidence on 14 Sep. [7]
  • Mr Bob Farrance, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England gave evidence on 9 Sep. [6]
  • Ms Liz Benson, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland gave evidence on 9 Sep. [6]
  • Mr Hugh Buchanan, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for Scotland gave evidence on 9 Sep. [6]
  • Mr Edward Lewis, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for Wales gave evidence on 9 Sep. [6]
  • Dr Roger Mortimore, Ipsos MORI gave evidence on 9 Sep. [6]
  • Jenny Watson, Electoral Commission gave evidence on 14 Sep. [7]
  • Peter Wardle, Electoral Commission gave evidence on 14 Sep. [7]
  • Lisa Klein, Director of Party and Election Finance gave evidence on 14 Sep. [7]

July 2010

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

The Coalition Government's programme of political and constitutional reform

  • Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence on 15 Jul. [2]
  • Ms Rowena Collins-Rice, Director General gave evidence on 15 Jul. [2]
  • Mr Mark Sweeney, Deputy Director, Elections and Democracy gave evidence on 15 Jul. [2]
  • Ms Judith Simpson, Cabinet Office gave evidence on 15 Jul. [2]