The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 Contents



1 Introduction

2 The purpose and effect of the Act

What the Act Does

Purposes of the Act

The Constitutional purposes

The political purpose

3 Review committee

4 The prerogative of dissolution

Abolished or in abeyance?

The potential role of the Courts

Political concerns with reviving a prerogative

5 Early elections: avoiding paralysis and propping up of weak governments

Early elections under the Act

The use of early election provisions

Circumventing the two thirds (super) majority

The power to set the election date


Attaching confidence

6 Prorogation

What is prorogation

Prorogation in the Act

The Supreme Court Decision in the Miller-Cherry prorogation case

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 15 September 2020