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Trial by Select Committee

Tom Shakespeare thinks that reformed select committees have revitalised Parliament, but he warns against the temptation to play to the gallery and to cross-examine unfairly.

Tom Shakespeare thinks our reformed Select Committees have revitalised Parliament but he warns against the temptation to play to the gallery and to cross examine unfairly.
"Their main business is the worthy task of holding the government and the civil service to account, even if it's more fun holding unpopular public figures' feet to the fire."
Producer: Sheila Cook.

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A Point of View: Do parliament's select committees wield too much power?

A Point of View: Do parliament's select committees wield too much power?

Parliamentary select committees have seen their profile grow over the past few years, but are they the right way of holding power to account, asks Tom Shakespeare.

Read Tom Shakespeare's article on the BBC News website

 

 

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