MP urges further reform of Commons business

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The chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has said the House of Commons remains "acquiescent in its subordination to government", despite recent reforms.

Presenting the committee's report on the impact of the Wright reforms on 18 July 2013, Graham Allen said backbenchers needed to do more to "heckle the executive steamroller".

The reforms - set out by former Labour MP Tony Wright - included the proposed creation of two new committees, the Backbench Business Committee and the House Business Committee.

So far only the Backbench Business Committee has been established, meaning that non-backbench time in the Commons remains in the hands of government and the "usual channels".

"All time in the House should be regarded as the House's time not the government's time," he said, adding that non-backbench time remained "inadequate".

He welcomed the development of pre-legislative scrutiny, another aspect of the Wright reforms, but criticised that it was not being carried out in respect of the newly published bill on lobbying.

The committee's report was adopted by MPs without a vote.

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