Has Westminster become a zombie parliament?

David Cornock
Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

media captionBBC Wales Parliamentary Correspondent David Cornock asks is parliament dead on its feet?

Shortly after five o'clock on Tuesday, a milestone was reached in the House of Commons.

Government business for the week was concluded. Parliament has continued to meet, with ministers facing questions and MPs debating opposition and cross-party motions but with fewer than 100 days to go until May 7, government legislation has been thin on the ground, at least in the Commons.

As I write, barely two dozen MPs are present for William Hague's statement about forthcoming business. Earlier this month, Mr Hague denied the zombie claim, telling MPs: "I ought to point out that in this parliament we will actually sit for 734 days, which is more than the 718 days of the five-year parliament under the last government, and that in this session we are considering, including the bill to be introduced today, 23 government bills, compared with 13 main programme bills under the Labour party in the last session of the last parliament."

You can probably see where I'm going with this one. Some MPs - across parties - think Westminster has become a "zombie parliament" with MPs deserting the green benches to spend time knocking on doors or, in the case of government ministers, visiting any successful office factory that will offer them a cup of tea and a photo-opportunity.

Some blame the Fixed Term Parliaments Act of 2011. The issue was discussed on last night's edition of The Wales Report with Huw Edwards. You can watch my brief contribution - filmed at The London Tombs - above.