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Hugh Bochel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347909

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347909.001.0001

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‘Exercising influence and setting limits’: MPs' influence on welfare policy

‘Exercising influence and setting limits’: MPs' influence on welfare policy

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Welfare policy under New Labour

Hugh Bochel

Andrew Defty

Policy Press

This chapter examines the variety of methods used by Members of Parliament (MPs) in their efforts to scrutinise and influence government policy, focusing on the wide range of procedures and practices within Parliament that are available for and used by MPs and peers. It also discusses the extent to which MPs consider these procedures and practices to be effective in enabling them to provide oversight of, and influence over, welfare policy that reflect both their views and the views of those who they represent. These procedures and practices include legislation, private members' bill, debates, parliamentary questions, early day motions, membership to all-party parliamentary groups and participation to parliamentary select committees. The adoption and effectiveness of informal methods of influence, such as informal contacts with ministers, in conversation, or by letter, are also discussed.

Keywords:   UK, Parliament, legislation, debates, welfare policy, policy making

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