Parliament churns out many reports annually , in addition to bills, PQs and other things, which are rarely read by members of the public, partly because we view the institution as essentially toothless. However, in recent years we have seen select committees try and exert themselves as much as possible. On this website we have made it a point to make their reports available. For those trying and get into the spirit of reading these reports, or reading the minimum, the Government Assurance Reports are the best. They bring together a good overview of the key "promises" / "assurances" that government officials make to Parliament and tries to hold them to account. The 2009 Government Assurances Report can be found here. We'll draw out some interesting issues from that report in the next few posts for wider discussion.