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Committee fines plan

The House of Commons could fine people who refused to co-operate with select committees under new proposals published today.

A Green Paper launched by Leader of the House Sir George Young suggests fines as part of a number of measuers to reflect the committees' "increasingly important role in national political life".

The proposal is one of a number of changes relating to parliamentary privilege. In the paper, the Westminster Parliamentary privileges are described as the "model for the privileges of many legislatures around the world".


Govt to secure aid budget

The Government is set to enshrine in law its promise to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid. International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell is working with the Leader of the House Sir George Young to ensure that the legislation is passed.


MPs will face changes to their pension schemes and will work until 68, Sir George Young has said. The Leader of the House of Commons said MPs' final salary pensions were unsustainable.


Young hints at early prorogation

Sir George Young has offered a strong hint that the House of Commons will rise for prorogation on Monday 30 April but has refused to specifically set a date.

Speaking at the Business Statement in the Commons today, the Leader of the House said it was "impossible to forecast when the House will prorogue" but that he anticipated it would be "some time that week".


Govt considers watering down e-petition power

The Government is considering watering down the power of public e-petitions after a series of embarrassments, PoliticsHome has learned.

Sources have indicated that ministers are discussing raising the threshold for the number of signatures that a petition needs before it is considered for a House of Commons debate from 100,000 to 150,000, and moving the location of the debate itself to Westminster Hall.


The House of Commons is to rise on July 29 and will sit again on September 6, leader of the house Sir George Young announced today. It means MPs' holiday has been cut to 38 days.


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