Is Parliament really able to ‘scrutinize’ the executive?. To identify the different ways in which the executive can be held to account To assess the effectiveness of such scrutiny. Aims. Starter activity.
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To identify the different ways in which the executive can be held to account
To assess the effectiveness of such scrutiny
With your partner think of as many different reasons why MPs ask ministers questions.
Compare your list with the list on the next slide
Why shouldn’t ministers offer interpretations or ‘clarifications’ of the law?
Former Home Secretary, David Blunkett answering questions during Question Time
Tony Blair answering questions at the Despatch Box, during PMQs
Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr Michael Martin
A scene from the biannual Liaisons Committee, during which the chair people of all the major parliamentary committees are able to give the PM a grilling for up to 2 ½ hours on the issues of the day.
You are going to hold your own committee meeting. Appoint a PM and a Chairperson. The Chairperson will explain how the task will work.