MPs criticise 12 week summer recess

April 21, 2009 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative MPs have spoken out against the 82-day summer recess.

Parliament will rise on July 22 and return on October 12. It is thought the later date for this year’s Tory party conference is the reason the break is a week longer than last year.

A spokesman for Harriet Harman, Leader of the House, said “a number of factors are taken into account when decisions are made on dates of recesses.”

Labour MP David Winnick, said the holiday was too long.

“We are not doing our main job, being in the Commons, asking questions, debating and holding the Government to account, for virtually three months and that’s unfortunate,” he said,

“The Government should provide another opportunity for the House to consider this and give a lead in the sense of proposing that it [the recess] should be for six weeks which would take in holiday and constituency work.”

Alan Duncan, Shadow Leader of the House, said:

“Rather than Ministers packing their bags early and heading off to the beach, MPs should be staying here to scrutinise this failing team.”

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg also condemned the 12-week recess.

“In the context of the worst recession this country has faced in decades and plummeting faith in politicians, people will be stunned that parliament is not sitting for 82 days,” he said.

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