• Ivor Burton
  • Gavin Drewry


The central object of this study has been to explore patterns of legislative activity over the span of a complete parliament. The emphasis throughout has been upon the substantive content of public bill legislation rather than upon matters of procedure or considerations of parliamentary influence (as reflected, for example, in the extent and origins of amendments to bills at their committee and report stages)2—though we have touched upon some of these matters at various points in our narrative.


Industrial Relation Legislative Process Legislative Activity Select Committee Minor Policy 
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© Ivor Burton and Gavin Drewry 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivor Burton
    • 1
  • Gavin Drewry
    • 1
  1. 1.Bedford CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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