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Parliamentary Questions to the House of Commons Commission: Accountability and Parliamentary Administration

Melhuish, Francesca; Yong, Ben

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Francesca Melhuish

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Dr Ben Yong benjamin.y.yong@durham.ac.uk
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Abstract

Parliamentary administration is integral to supporting the work of elected politicians. How is it held to account? This paper focuses on parliamentary questions-one means of scrutinising parliamentary administration. The paper uses a qualitative analysis of written and oral questions MPs have asked the House of Commons Commission (the body responsible for parliamentary administration). It asks three sub-questions: 1) Who asks the questions?; 2) What questions are asked?; 3) How are these questions answered? Interrogating these questions also provides a window into the internal governance challenges of the House of Commons.

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Melhuish, F., & Yong, B. (in press). Parliamentary Questions to the House of Commons Commission: Accountability and Parliamentary Administration. Parliamentary Affairs, https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsae013

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 27, 2024
Online Publication Date Jun 19, 2024
Deposit Date May 22, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 20, 2024
Journal Parliamentary Affairs
Print ISSN 0031-2290
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsae013
Keywords accountability; democracy; governance; House of Commons Commission; parliamentary administration; parliamentary questions
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2455906

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