The Role of Parliament in the UK Constitution Interim Report The Status and Effect of Confidence Motions and the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 Contents

1Introduction

1.This Committee launched an inquiry into the Status of Resolutions of the House of Commons on 13 September,1 as part of its wider inquiry into the Role of Parliament in the UK Constitution.2 This was following the concerns raised on both sides of the House about the Government’s response to resolutions of the House passed on Opposition Days;3 and in response to questions raised about the implications of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (“The Act”) on the status and effect of confidence motions. In the inquiry so far, the Committee has received written evidence and has held four oral evidence sessions. We are grateful to those who have contributed to this inquiry.

2.The inquiry has considered:

3.The wider inquiry series, of which this is a part, seeks to examine the role of Parliament in the UK constitution. This includes looking at Parliament’s relationship with Government, as well as the courts, and considers how these relationships might need to change.

4.This is an interim report intended to bring together the evidence the Committee has heard on confidence motions and the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. Our intention in publishing this information in advance of a full report is to assist the House in a timely manner in the context of current events in Parliament.4 The Committee will make a further report in due course.


2 PACAC, “The Role of Parliament in the UK Constitution”, 13 September 2018.

3 Heather Stewart, ‘Labour accuses Theresa May of ‘stitch-up’ over response to defeats’, Guardian, 26 October 2017




Published: 11 December 2018