Labour under fire for shortest Parliament
THE Government has been condemned for deciding that Parliament will sit for just 128 days in the coming year.
The scheduled session – for which MPs would be paid the equivalent of £500 a day – may be the shortest in a non-election year since the Second World War. It will be the last full session before the latest date a general election can be called, in May 2010.
Senior Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay said: “It’s indefensible. Governments only want Parliament to sit when they want them to pass laws.
“I want it to sit so that we can scrutinise the Government’s conduct and performance. We should sit more often and have our sittings more evenly spread around the year.”
A spokesman for Commons Leader Harriet Harman said yesterday more days will be scheduled for outstanding business. MPs are already looking forward to a 24-day Christmas break.