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Departmental Select Committees: The Reform of the Century?

Norton, Philip



A set of departmental select committees was agreed by the UK House of Commons in 1979 and has become a core feature of British parliamentary life. This introductory survey examines the genesis of the committees and the extent to which they constituted an evolutionary or radical change to the way that the House of Commons conducted itself. Proposals for such committees were not new, but achieving their realisation was possible only when a reform agenda was complemented by ministerial leadership and, fundamentally, by political will favouring change on the part of MPs. The development of the committees, their membership and work and engagement with those outside Parliament, forms the basis of this issue.


Norton, P. (2019). Departmental Select Committees: The Reform of the Century?. Parliamentary affairs, 72(4), 727-741.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 22, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 24, 2019
Publication Date Oct 1, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 30, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 25, 2021
Journal Parliamentary Affairs
Print ISSN 0031-2290
Electronic ISSN 1460-2482
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 72
Issue 4
Pages 727-741
Keywords Sociology and Political Science; Law
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