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Entries Labeled: Legislative Law (253)

 

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Abstain

Abstain Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament To abstain is to refuse to vote either for or against a motion. In the House of Commons and the House of Lords no official record is kept of those who choose to abstain when there is a division. Resources See Also Motions Further Reading

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Backbench

Backbench (backbenchers) Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Backbenchers are Members of the Parliament or members of the House of Lords that are neither government ministers nor opposition Shadow spokespeople . They are so called because, in the Chamber, they sit in the rows of benches [...]

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Ballot Bills

Ballot Bills Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Ballot Bills are a type of Private Members' Bill used only in the House of Commons. At the start of each new parliamentary year, all backbench Members of the Parliament are invited to enter a ballot. The few Members of the Parliament who [...]

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Bar of the House

Bar of the House Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament The Bar of the House marks the boundary of the Chamber beyond which guests and visitors may not pass when either House is at work. In the House of Commons the Bar of the House is represented now by a white line on the floor across the [...]

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Baron

Baron Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament The British Peerage has five ranks or grades. Baron is the fifth and lowest of the ranks. Baron is a title that was created and first given to John Beauchamp de Holt in 1387. History This word, of uncertain origin, was introduced into England at [...]

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Baroness

Baroness Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A Baroness is a female member of the House of Lords, equivalent in rank to Baron. Resources See Also Baron Further Reading

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Bicameral System

Bicameral system Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Bicameral literally means 'two-Chamber'. A bicameral parliament is one that contains two separate assemblies who must both agree when new laws are made. The UK Parliament is bicameral because both the House of Commons and the House [...]

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Bill

Definition of Bill In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Bill : A draft of a proposed *Act of Parliament, which must (normally) be passed by both Houses before becoming an Act. Bills are either public or private, and the procedure governing their passing by [...]

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Bills

Definition of Private Members' Bills Private members' bills can be introduced in either house and must go through the same stages as public bills. Private Members' Bills Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Private Members' Bills - or backbench Bills - are introduced by [...]

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Bishops

Bishops Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament As senior members of the Church of England, which is the established church, some bishops are entitled to sit in the House of Lords. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York, the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester and 21 other [...]

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Black Rod

Definition of Black Rod, Gentleman Usher of The Gentleman Usher of The Black Rod In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Black Rod, Gentleman Usher of The Gentleman Usher of The Black Rod : An official of the House of Lords whose title derives from his staff [...]

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Business Motions

Business motions Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A business motion is a proposal to change the order or timing of events in either House. Resources See Also Motion Further Reading

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Business Questions

Business Questions Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Business Questions are the oral questions to the Leader of the House that Members of the Parliament are allowed to ask, directly after the Leader has announced the forthcoming business in the House of Commons, each week on a Thursday. [...]

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By-elections

By Elections Resources See Also Further Reading By Elections in the Encyclopedia of Britain By Elections in the Osborn's Concise Law Dictionary By Elections in the Halsbury's Laws of England By Elections in the Stroud's Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases By Elections in the [...]

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Censure Motion

Censure motion Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A motion of no confidence, or censure motion, is a motion moved in the House of Commons with the wording: 'That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government'. If such a motion is agreed to, and a new government with [...]

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Chairman of Ways and Means

Chairman of Ways and Means Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament The Chairman of Ways and Means is the principal Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons. As well as deputising for the Speaker they have specific responsibilities such as chairing Committees of the whole House, coordinating the [...]

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Clauses

Clauses Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A clause is part of a Bill. A Bill is made up of individual clauses which may be debated separately in Parliament. Any clause can be removed or amended - and new clauses may be added - before a Bill is passed. If a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament [...]

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Clerk of the House

Definition of Clerk of The House In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Clerk of The House : The principal permanent officer of the House of Commons. Clerk of the House Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament The Clerk of the House is the most senior official [...]

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Clerk of the Parliaments

Definition of Clerk of The Parliaments In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Clerk of The Parliaments : The principal permanent officer of the House of Lords. Clerk of the Parliaments Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament The Clerk of the Parliaments is the [...]

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Closure Motions

Closure motions Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A closure motion is a proposal that the Commons should stop debating and make a decision on the matter being discussed. It may be moved at any time during a debate if the Speaker allows it - but only once - and will only be successful if [...]

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Coalition Government

Coalition government Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A coalition government is a government formed jointly by more than one political party. Parties may decide to form a coalition government if there is a hung parliament where no single party has a clear working majority in the House of [...]

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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Members of the Lords Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Members of the Lords are required to sign up to the Code of Conduct as part of the introduction on joining the House of Lords and the swearing-in process at the start of a new Parliament. The Code of Conduct [...]

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Command Papers

Definition of Command Papers In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Command Papers : Documents that the government, by royal command, presents to Parliament for consideration. They include white papers and green papers. The former contain statements of policy [...]

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Commencement Orders

Commencement Orders Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A Commencement Order is a Statutory Instrument that brings into force all or part of an Act of Parliament at a date later than the date the Act was passed.

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Committee

Selection and Character Committee in relation with the Courts and Tribunals in England Selection decisions and decisions on good character are made at a formal meeting of Commissioners sitting as the Selection and Character Committee (SCC). The SCC makes the formal recommendations that go to [...]

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Committee of Selection

Committee of Selection Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament The Committee of Selection comprises nine Members. It is established under Private Business S.O. 109 to nominate Members to serve on General and Select Committees of the House of Commons. Nominations to Select Committees are first [...]

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Committee of the Whole House

Definition of Committee of The Whole House In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Committee of The Whole House : A committee of which all members of the House of Commons or the House of Lords are members. In the Lords it sits for the committee stage of all [...]

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Committees

The 1922 Committee (the 22) Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament The 1922 Committee, also known as the 22, is a committee of all backbench Conservative Members of the Parliament that meets weekly when the Commons is sitting. Its chair, usually a senior Member of Parliament, is elected by [...]

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Confidence Motion

Confidence motion Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A motion of no confidence, or censure motion, is a motion moved in the House of Commons with the wording: 'That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government'. If such a motion is agreed to, and a new government [...]

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Consolidated Fund

Definition of Consolidated Fund In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Consolidated Fund : The central account with the Bank of England maintained by the government for receiving public revenue and meeting public expenditure. Most payments from it are [...]

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Consolidation Bills

Consolidation Bills Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Consolidation Bills bring together a number of existing Acts of Parliament on the same subject into one Act without changing the law in any way. They are used as a way of tidying-up areas of statute law that have become fragmented over [...]

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Constituencies

Constituencies (Constituents) Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A constituency is the specific geographical area that is represented by each Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. People who live in an MP's constituency are known as their constituents.

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Contempt

Contempt Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Contempt of privilege is a term used to describe any act - or failure to act - that may prevent or hinder the work of either House of Parliament. A more specific offence against parliamentary privilege is known as a breach of privilege. Resources [...]

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Conventions

Conventions Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A convention is an unwritten understanding about how something in Parliament should be done which, although not legally enforceable, is almost universally observed. Occasionally a new convention is agreed in order to resolve a specific [...]

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Cranborne Money

Cranborne money Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Short money is the common name given to the financial assistance for Opposition parties in the House of Commons. It is named after Edward Short who first proposed the payments. Cranborne money is a similar scheme in the House of Lords, [...]

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Crossbench

Crossbench Convenor Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament In the House of Lords, the Crossbench Convener is a Member of the Crossbenchers elected to act on behalf of the Crossbench Peers, ie to call their weekly meetings, attend other meetings on their behalf and provide information on [...]

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Crossbench Peers

Crossbench Peers Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Crossbench Peers are non-party political and by tradition sit on the benches that cross the chamber of the House of Lords. Resources See Also Peer Further Reading

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Crossing the Floor

Crossing the floor Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament To cross the floor in Parliament means to change sides: to leave one political party and join another. The expression comes from the seating arrangements in the Chamber where the Government party sit together on the right and the [...]

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Crown Appointments

Crown appointments Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Crown appointments are positions that may only be filled with the approval of HM Queen. Certain office-holders in Parliament are Crown appointments; in these cases, when a new person is selected for a post, the Speaker or Lord Speaker [...]

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Crown Prerogative

Crown Prerogative Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Crown Prerogative is the term used to describe powers held by the Monarch or by Government ministers that may be used without the consent of the Commons or Lords.

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Debates

Debates Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament A debate is a formal discussion of a specific proposal (motion) in the House of Commons or House of Lords. Members take it in turns to speak and there are rules and conventions that are followed. Debates can be read in the Official Report (Hansard) [...]

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Deferred Divisions

Deferred divisions Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament In the Commons, Members of the Parliament sometimes vote on a series of motions (proposals) using ballot papers at a convenient time (currently between 11.30am and 2pm on Wednesdays) instead of holding each division immediately at the [...]

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Delegated Legislation

Definition of Delegated Legislation In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Delegated Legislation : (subordinate legislation) Legislation made under powers conferred by an Act of Parliament (an enabling statute, often called the parent Act). The bulk of [...]

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Delegated Legislation Committees

Delegated Legislation Committees (DLCs) Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Delegated Legislation Committees are Commons committees that are appointed to consider statutory instruments and other types of secondary legislation on behalf of the House. DLCs are appointed on an ad hoc basis by [...]

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Deposited Papers

Deposited Papers Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament When a government minister or the Speaker says that they are placing a copy of a document in the Library of either House for the information of Members, the documents are added to a numbered series called Deposited Papers. The vast [...]

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Deputy Speakers

Deputy Speakers Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament In the House of Commons there are three Deputy Speakers who are elected by Members of the Parliament to assist the Speaker in chairing debates in the Chamber and to perform a range of other duties. Like the Speaker they lose party [...]

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