The Constitution After Scott: Government Unwrapped by Adam Tomkins

The Constitution After Scott: Government Unwrapped

byAdam Tomkins

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This book provides a thorough and authoritative account of the constitutional implications of the Scott report. It is the only book-length treatment of this pivotal Report. The Scott report was established by John Major in 1992 to look into British government policy during the 1980s withregard to trade (including the arms trade) with Iraq and to establish whether the Government had lied to Parliament about its policy. Scott also investigated a number of high-profile and controversial criminal prosecutions which the government brought against several companies that were accused ofillegally exporting "defence equipment" to Iraq. All of these cases failed. This book does more than merely relate the Scott story. It offers a full analysis of what the report means for the future of constitutional government, and constitutional reform, in Britain. Issues of lying to Parliament and ministerial responsibility; of the regulation and control of the civilservice; and of open government and freedom of information are all reappraised in the light of Scott's discoveries. Central questions of secret intelligence and troublesome "public interest immunity certificates" are also considered. Unusually for a political scandal, Scott was not an exclusively national affair affecting only one country. There was a little-known equivalent to the Scott inquiry in the USA, and the lessons of the US experience are also discussed here - for the first time in Britain.

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Adam Tomkins has been a lecturer in law at King's College, London since 1991.
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Title:The Constitution After Scott: Government UnwrappedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:294 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198262906

ISBN - 13:9780198262909

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Constitutional Importance of ScottPart I: Government and Parliament1. Ministers and Parliament2. The Civil Service3. Freedom of InformationPart II: Government and Secret Intelligence4. Governing without IntelligencePart III: Government and Courts5. Public Interest ImmunityPart IV: The American Connection6. Iraqgate: The American Equivalent of Scott7. Implications of the Iraqgate StoryConclusion: Reforming the Parliamentary Constitution

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Tomkins is to be congratulated on producing a succinct description of some of the salient features of one of the most important episodes of recent British constitutional history .../ Ivan Hare, The Cambridge Law Journal, 1998.