Thursday, 1 April 2010

House of Lords Constitution Committee

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Inquiry into Referendums in the UK's Constitutional Experience

Questions raised by the noble lords have included:
1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the referendum as a democratic and constitutional tool?
3. How does, and how should, the referendum relate to the UK’s system of parliamentary democracy?
9. How does the referendum relate to other tools such as citizens’ initiatives? Should citizens be able to trigger retrospective referendums?
10. How would you assess the experience of other countries in relation to the use of the referendum? What positive or negative aspects of international experience would you highlight? (Source:

Written Evidence

Hearings, transcriptions

with Peter Facey (Charter88/New Politics), Stuart Weir (Democratic Audit), Helena Kennedy (lawyer), Peter Kellner (YouGov)

with Steve Richards, Chief Political Commentator on the Referendums Inquiry (27 January 2010) PDF

with Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government, Brasenose College, University of Oxford and Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory, University of Edinburgh and then Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, former Director, Think Twice (1997 Scottish devolution referendum “no” campaign) and Daran Hill, former National Co-ordinator, Yes for Wales (1997)

I&R ~ GB recommends: Enjoy reading and consider letting the noble lords know your opinion about democracy reform!

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