Fixed-term Parliaments Bill - Political and Constitutional Reform Committee Contents

4  Conclusion

51. We acknowledge the Coalition's proposal that the current and future Prime Ministers should no longer have the power to call general elections at a time of their choosing, that general elections should be held to a fixed schedule, and that departures from that schedule should be rare, and decided by the House, not the Prime Minister. We regret, however, the rushed timetable that the Government has unnecessarily adopted for the Bill, and the incremental and piecemeal approach to constitutional change that the Bill seems to represent. We trust that the recommendations made in this Report will provide a context for the detailed examination of the Bill by the House at committee stage, if it decides to give the Bill a second reading.

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