Asked if the Prime Minister thought fixed-term parliaments were a good idea, the PMS said that the Prime Minister set out his priorities for constitutional reform in his speech last week.
Put that the Government seemed to have been working on constitutional reform for some time, the PMS said that it was a dynamic process and the Prime Minister stated last week that the Written Constitution would have a consultative element to it.
Asked about the Government’s remaining legislative programme and which bills had priority, the PMS said that it was the Government’s intent to make as much progress as possible with the remaining bills and that the Government would not embark on any bill if it didn’t think there was a reasonable chance of making progress with it. Ultimately it could come down to the “wash-up session”, which was at the end of a Parliamentary session, and allowed the opportunity to get approval for any outstanding bills, with the support of opposition. All these pieces of legislation were important and the Government would not put anything forward if it wasn’t a priority. All the remaining bills were at different stages of the parliamentary process and so they were not comparable.
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