Fixed-term Parliaments

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 5th July 2011.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office 2:30 pm, 5th July 2011

Not at all. I know the opinions of Vernon Bogdanor very well, because he was my tutor. He and I disagreed while we were at university, and we continue to do so on many matters now. The Bill is very much in the interests of Parliament, and of having a stable situation in which the Prime Minister, for the first time, has given up the power to call an election to suit his political party. That is a huge constitutional improvement.