ABSTRACT

Legislation was the main mode of governmental action, whereas now it is often the last resort of governments whose major solutions to immeasurably more complex problems lie in the field of administrative and financial action. Parliament is still largely deficient in facilities to enable it to scrutinize the technical and consultative work of government; pressure for reform since the war has produced some innovations, including a reformed select committee on estimates, and the select committees on statutory instruments and nationalized industries, all of which improve the investigatory capacity of parliament in specialized fields. Perhaps the most moderate and connected proposals for the reform of the parliamentary stages of the legislative process to be recently advanced were those submitted in 1965 to the select committee on procedure of the house of commons by the study of parliament group, a private association which brings together university teachers of politics and government and members of the clerk’s department of the house of commons.