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The House Of Lords And Statutory Instruments

I’ve been asked to explain how the House of Lords can reject the Government’s program of tax credit cuts when it hasn’t been able veto legislation since 1911. The answer lies in the distinction between primary and secondary legislation. The term ‘primary legislation’ … Continue reading

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Are Tory MPs Getting Thursdays Off?

The Daily Mail reports that Michael Gove, the Government Chief Whip in the Commons, has downgraded the House’s Thursday sittings to a one-line whip for the remainder of the Parliament. This means they will effectively be optional for Tory MPs until Parliament is dissolved … Continue reading

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Should Carol Mills Be the Next Clerk of the Commons?

It looks like Carol Mills, a senior official from the Australian Senate, has been chosen to be the next Clerk of the House of Commons. Mills’ appointment has raised more than a few eyebrows. The Clerk is supposed to act as … Continue reading

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Is It Worth Preserving the Queen’s Consent?

A while back, the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee conducted an inquiry into the effect of Queen’s and Prince’s Consent on the legislative process. Its report displayed a marked ambivalence toward the practice of seeking Royal Consent, and it … Continue reading

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