Cabinet Minister Jim Murphy has yet again failed to provide any firm proposals for constitutional safeguards to primary legislation or "constititional" Acts of Parliament when questioned on Tuesday by several MPs about the controversial Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill 2006.
See Hansard 21 Mar 2006 : Column 152
Of slight interest to those of us campaigning against this aspect of the Bill is:
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Jim Murphy): Since the introduction of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill to Parliament on 11 January, I have received about 50 representations from the private and public sectors as well as from individuals.
How many of those 50 "representations" fully support the current wording of the Bill ?
Send the Minister your views about this wretched Bill:-
Jim Murphy MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
London SW1A 2AS
Switchboard: 020 7276 1234
Astonishingly, the Cabinet Office does not seem to have a central email address for general enquiries from the public, or one for contacting the Ministers or their staff, unlike other Government Departments.
In theory, and also according to the Cabinet Office switchboard, Jim Murphy's email address is:
It may also be worth sending a copy of you letter or email to:
Regulatory Reform Bill Team
Better Regulation Executive
London SW1A 2WH
Tel: 0207 276 2155
Fax: 0207 276 2138
N.B. the sub-sections of the Contact Us page on the Cabinet Office website seem badly designed, given that this Department, and the Minister Jim Murphy in particular, are actually responsible for "e-Government" and "Government Communications" etc.
Depending on your screen and font settings, you may have to scroll down the page to see where all the email addresses, phone numbers and even web form comment text boxes are hiding in the central column, below whatever is in the righthand column - aargh !