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Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Royal Commissions

Royal Commissions have historically played an important role in the development of the 'British Constitution' and other important policy areas. But we haven't seen one of these for a while. Yesterday in the House of Lords, Lord Falconer answered a question from Lord Faulkner of Worcester asking the Government "Whether they will establish a royal commission on the constitution". His answers to that and supplementary questions are worth reading in full (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200607/ldhansrd/text/70605-0001.htm#07060544000004)

Particularly interesting was his comment - "I wonder whether royal commissions are the appropriate way to deal with constitutional change now and whether there are ways of communicating with the public in a much larger way. I wonder whether bringing together the great and the good and saying this is the way that constitutional reform should take place is the appropriate way to deal with it. I suspect that the day of the royal commission determining what constitutional reform should take place may be in the past."

What do you think?

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