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Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

The government could be in danger of a legal challenge to the vote to hold a general election should the Coalition plans for fixed term parliaments go ahead, a senior Commons official has told the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee.

The committee was taking evidence on the government's proposals for voting and parliamentary reform, focusing on plans to implement five year fixed-term Parliaments from Malcolm Jack, the clerk of the Commons, a week ahead of the Fixed Term Parliaments Bill on 7 September 2010.

The committee has already complained it has been given little chance to scrutinise the bill, which will have its second reading in the Commons on Monday.

Dr Jack raised serious questions about the Coalition's plans for five year fixed-term parliaments.

He warned the committee that the Fixed Term Parliaments Bill could lead to a vote to hold a general election being challenged in the British or even the European Courts.

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