Labour un­der fire for short­est Par­lia­ment

Daily Express - - NEWS -

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.

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