On 21 November in my House of Commons capacity I advised the Commons Regulatory Reform Committee at its joint meeting with the Lords Committee considering the Draft Legislative Reform (Horseracing Betting Levy) Order 2018.
On 13 July 2018 the House of Commons Committee on Standards published a note by me, in my capacity as Counsel for Domestic Legislation, Office of Speaker’s Counsel, House of Commons, on the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy Proposals, as an adjunct to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2017–19; the note deals, in particular, with an analysis of the rules of natural justice; you can read the note here.
On 13 June 2018 I gave oral evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee Inquiry into the legislative process. I spoke about the myth of the "line by line" scrutiny of Bills in Committee in both Houses, and suggested that members of the public should be able to table amendments to Bills directly. You can see the evidence session here.
On Monday 23 April 2018 as one of the Examiners of Private Bills in the House of Commons I, together with the other Examiners, held a hearing into the Additional Provisions tabled to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill 2017 - 2019; the proceedings were recorded on parliamentlive.tv.
On 25 October 2017 the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution published its 4th Report of Session 2017–19 (HL Paper 27) - The Legislative Process: Preparing Legislation for Parliament; I gave oral evidence to the inquiry, and the report quotes me about: unnecessary legislation; the involvement of stakeholders in legislative preparation; policy preparation; publication of legislation; incoherent legislation; the role of Parliamentary Counsel; and the role of Ministers.
On 2 May 2017 the House of Commons Procedure Committee published written evidence from me to its inquiry into Delegated powers and the ‘Great Repeal Bill’, as part of its 7th Report for Session 2016-17 Matters for the Procedure Committee in the 2017 Parliament (HC 1091).
The Government's White Paper on Housing issued by DCLG on 7 February 2017 (Cm 9352) mentions my Pink Planning Centre for Policy Studies Report at page 28, as one of the solutions the Government are considering in relation to delivery mechanisms for new communities.
House of Lords Research Paper Publishing Statistics on the Time Spent on Parliamentary Proceedings on Each Part of an Act, prepared for Lord Butler's Question for Short Debate on 18 January 2017, discusses my earlier suggestion published by the Centre for Policy Studies on which the Question was based; the debate can be read in Hansard.
On 1 December 2016 I spoke about the legal and legislative perspective on the regulation of Compassionate Use Access to Investigational Medicines at a conference organised by the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre.
On 23 November 2016 I gave oral evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution in its inquiry into the legislative process; you can read the transcript of my evidence session here.
On 2 August 2016 I was appointed Counsel for Domestic Legislation in the House of Commons. As a result I am now winding up my City practice. I will continue with a number of my writing and teaching editorial and academic activities.
The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee's 32nd Report of Session 2015-16 (Response to the Strathclyde Review: Effective parliamentary scrutiny of secondary legislation - HL Paper 128 - 14 April 2016) quotes my evidence (para.85) on the difference between the balance of the two Houses and the balance of Parliament and the Executive.
The House of Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Commite's 25th Report of Session 2015-16 (Special Report: Response to the Strathclyde Review - HL Paper 119 - 23 March 2016) quotes my evidence to the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (para.72) on the difference between the balance of the two Houses and the balance of Parliament and the Executive.
My evidence to the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee on the Strathclyde Review: secondary legislation and the primacy of the House of Commons (Cm 9177) was published by the Committee on 5th February 2016 and can be read here.
On Wednesday 13 January I gave evidence, together with Lord Salisbury and Lord Hain, to the House of Lords Constitution Committee, on behalf of the Constitution Reform Group - you can see the evidence session here.
The Centre for Policy Studies issued a Press Release on 4 January 2016 containing the response by me and my co-author of their two papers on Pink Planning (a de-regulatory initiative for new sustainable communities) to the Government announcement on new homes.
The Constitution Reform Group published its Discussion Paper Towards a New Act of Union in September 2015; I am a member of the Steering Group of the CRG and drafted the paper in consultation with members of the Steering Group and correspondents.