The Constitution Committee's1 terms of reference are 'to examine the constitutional implications of all Public Bills coming before the House, and to keep under review the operation of the constitution'2. To these ends, the Committee assesses the impact of a public bill and, where appropriate, publishes a report on that bill to inform the House. It undertakes investigative inquiries into wider constitutional issues and publishes a report with recommendations aimed principally at the government. The Committee also takes evidence annually from the Secretary of State for Justice, Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales to
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