The Staggers 24 November 2009 PMQs should be held twice a week Two rounds of PMQs a week would increase accountability Print HTML The shadow leader of the Commons, Sir George Young, has suggested that Prime Minister's Questions should be moved to Thursday evenings to allow more people to watch it. The "bicycling baronet" has a point. How many people, other than political journalists, can take half an hour out of their day to watch PMQs on a Wednesday? It's also a smart way to ensure MPs don't hurry back to their constituencies early on Thursday. But if MPs really want to increase scrutiny of the executive they should return to having two 15-minute sessions a week rather than the one half-hour session introduced by Tony Blair in 1997. As my former PoliticsHome colleague Nick Assinder has argued, the move to one weekly session limited accountability by ensuring that anything that happened after Wednesday couldn't be raised in the chamber for a week. Reintroducing the shorter sessions would also allow less time for questions planted by the whips. Gordon Brown should steal a march on Cameron and introduce this reform before Young's proposals are taken up by the Tory leader. Sign up to the New Statesman newsletter and receive weekly updates from the team › Why I have no faith in the Chilcot inquiry on Iraq George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean? John Gray on the future of the state on the NS Podcast Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election?