The Constitution Society is an independent, non-party educational foundation which works to promote informed debate about constitutional reform. We take no position on specific reform proposals but advocate better legislative standards and oppose ill-considered, piecemeal change.
PACAC publishes Constitution Society evidence
The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has published evidence from The Constitution Society as part of its inquiry into 'Safeguards for proper Government decision making'.
The evidence submission concentrates on the role the Cabinet Manual could play in a proposed system of ministerial directions to civil servants, enabling them to register concern when they feel that good decision-making procedures are being violated. The evidence also discusses the more general constitutional role of the Cabinet Manual and similar codes, such as the Ministerial Code. It considers whether there is a case for consolidation of these documents, and even for providing them with a statutory basis.
The evidence is available here.