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3. Evaluate the view that Parliament is effective in carrying out its work of scrutinising the UK government (30)
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What are the topics?
Select Committees; PMQ & MQ; House of Lords; Opposition
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SELECT COMMITTEES
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What is the evidence for this?
Powers & resources - Reforms
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Give an example of a time that a select committee used its power to criticise a department
2012, Transport Secretary (Patrick Mcloughlin) held accountable for for the controversy over the West Coast Main Line rail franchise.
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What reforms made the Select committee's more fairer?
2010 Wright Reforms
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What is the Counterpoint evidence for this?
The making up of the most influential select committee's and the attendance of them by MP's.
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Give an example of Conservative MP's dominating select committees
Dr Sarah Wollaston who is the chair for the Department of Health
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How many out of the 11 MP's in the Department of Education select committee are Conservatives?
5, including the chair (Robert Halfon)
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What is the attendance of MP's for the longest lived and most influential committee, the Public Accounts Committee?
Up to 2009 the average attendance was 45%
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PMQ & MQ
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What is the evidence for this?
PMQ's are helpful because once a week for 52 weeks in a year the government is forced to face the opposition and defend their actions and the MQ's allow for a more non-public non biased response from the executive as they are not televised.
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What is the Counterpoint evidence for this?
The PMQ's have devolved into gladiatorial fight of wit between party leaders
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What is an example of a personal attack during PMQ's?
David Cameron's attack on Jeremy Corbyn's clothes in 2016 "Put on a proper suit, do up your tie and sing the national anthem.”
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HOUSE OF LORDS
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What is the evidence for this?
House of Lords nuetrality by being non-elected - House of Lords stats - House of Lords report
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What is the report that the House of Lords publishes every time they meet and is open to the public?
The Lord Hansard Report
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Between 2016-17 how many oral and witten questions were made by the HoL to the government and how many debates occurred within the HoL?
7,000 - 154
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What is the Counterpoint evidence for this?
HoL reforms and attendance of the HoL
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What is the 1911 Parliament Act?
It reduces the veto time to 2 years and the HoL cannot veto money bills
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What is the 1945 Salisbury convention?
It prevents the HoL to veto any bill stated in the majority parties manifesto.
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What is the 1949 Parliament Act?
It further reduces the HoL veto to 1 year
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What is the 1999 House of Lords Act?
It reduced the amount of Hereditary peers from 600 to 92.
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What is the other advantage of the HoL not being elected?
The house of lords is neutral of any political bias due to them not having to be responsible of constituents and also, they are professionals in different fields rather than just being political figures e.g. Doctors and business men.
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What is the statistic for the amount of Lords on average that attended from 2016-17?
Average attendance was 480 out of 820 total lords
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OPPOSITION
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What is the evidence for this?
Opposition power to challenge legislation when the government is in the minority
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What was Blair's majority and how many bills did his government pass in 1997-8 vs May 2016-17
Blair Majority was 179 and he passed 52 bills (1 denied) - May's Minority is -9 and she passed 28 (3 denied)
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What is the Counterpoint evidence for this?
The Short Money control
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When did David Cameron cut the oppositions Short Money?
In 2015, this is the budget for which the opposition uses to fund parliamentary business
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