Political and Constitutional Reform - Thirteenth Report
Fixed-term Parliaments: the final year of a Parliament

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 1 May 2014.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

Previous work

Fixed-terms and coalitions

2 Planning and debate in the final year

Identifying best practice in departmental planning

Considering long-term issues

Opportunities for public debate on long-term issues

Legislative planning

Financial planning

Spending Reviews

Civil Service preparations

Reports on fiscal sustainability

Transparency of financial planning

Costing party policy ahead of a general election

Risk of an early election

3 Pre-election contacts between civil servants and the Opposition

The role of the Prime Minister

When pre-election contacts should start

Scope of pre-election contacts

Pre-election contacts ahead of the 2015 general election

Points for clarification

4 The impact on Select Committees

5 Conclusion

Annex-Terms of reference

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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