Sir George grills Prime Minister on treatment of Parliament
29 Oct 2008
Below is an extract from Hansard for Prime Minister's Questions on October 29th

Q3. [231036] Sir George Young (North-West Hampshire) (Con): In his first statement to the House after becoming Prime Minister and in the Green Paper on the constitution that accompanied that statement, the Prime Minister said that he wanted to rebalance power between the Government and Parliament. He said that he wanted Parliament to have a greater ability to hold the Government to account. Two weeks ago, the Government announced that the House would sit for 128 days next year—the smallest number of sittings in a non-election year since the second world war. Does he see any tension between those two propositions?

The Prime Minister: We moved power from the Executive to the legislature; for example, in decisions about peace and war, and also decisions about treaties. That is what I meant. If the House of Commons can do its business efficiently in 128 days, that is the right course of action.

 
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