Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice 24th edition

Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice 24th edition
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Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice is the eponymous guide to parliamentary practice and procedure, providing accurate and detailed information on the constituent parts of Parliament, its powers and jurisdictions, membership of either House, financial procedure and the process of debate.

What’s new to Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice 24th edition:

  • Developments in relation to Parliamentary Privilege (respective roles of Parliament and the courts, the search of a Member’s office, the Parliamentary Standards Act)
  • Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice include changes in the role of the House of Lords relating to the creation of the Supreme Court
  • Developments in Parliamentary procedure including:
    1. the creation of evidence taking Public Bill Committees
    2. introduction of topical debates
    3. developments in select committee practice notably the election of select committee Chairs
    4. the establishment of a Backbench Business Committee
  • Changes in the structure of the House Service
  • The impact on procedural and practical issues of the formation of a Coalition Government is included in this edition of Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice
  • Significant changes to Members’ expenses which affect Parliament

PART 1 – Constitution and organization of Parliament
  • Chapter 1:   The constituent parts of Parliament (excluding Payment of Members)
  • Chapter 2:   Elections
  • Chapter 3:   Disqualification for membership of either House
  • Chapter 4:   Members and Officers of Parliament (including Payment of Members)
  • Chapter 5:   Rules governing the conduct of Members of both Houses and the disclosure of financial interests
  • Chapter 6:   Administration of Parliament and the parliamentary estate
  • Chapter 7:   Parliamentary papers and publications
  • Chapter 8:   A new Parliament and opening and closing of session
  • Chapter 9:   Formal communications between Crown and Parliament and between Lords and Commons
  • Chapter 10: Parliament and international assemblies
PART 2 – Powers and privileges of Parliament
  • Chapter 11: Powers and jurisdiction of Parliament (to include; summoning of witnesses and Chapter 9 (Penal jurisdiction of both Houses)
  • Chapter 12: The privilege of Parliament
  • Chapter 13: Privilege of freedom of speech
  • Chapter 14: Privilege of freedom from arrest
  • Chapter 15: Contempts
  • Chapter 16: Complaints of breach of privilege or contempt
  • Chapter 17: The courts and parliamentary privilege
PART 3 – Conduct of business
  • Chapter 18: A sitting: general arrangements in the House of Commons
  • Chapter 19: The control and distribution of time in the House of Commons
  • Chapter 20: Outline of business of the House of Commons
  • Chapter 21: The process of debate in the House of Commons by motion, questions and decisio
  • Chapter 22: Maintenance of order during debate in the House of Commons
  • Chapter 23: Methods of curtailing debate
  • Chapter 24: Public petitions
  • Chapter 25: Organization and conduct of business in the House of Lords
PART 4 – Public legislation
  • Chapter 26: Characteristics of a public bill (including Pre-legislative scrutiny)
  • Chapter 27: Proceedings in the House of Commons (including Committee of the whole House)
  • Chapter 28: Proceedings in the House of Lords
  • Chapter 29: Other matters relating to public bills (including ping-pong and Parliament Acts)[to be retitled]
  • Chapter 30: Delegated legislation
  • Chapter 31: Parliamentary oversight of European Union matters
PART 5 – Financial procedure
  • Chapter 32: Financial procedure-general
  • Chapter 33: Public expenditure and Supply
  • Chapter 34: Expenditure: Money resolutions
  • Chapter 35: Ways and Means and Finance Bills
  • Chapter 36: The role of the House of Lords in financial procedure
PART 6 – Committees
  • Chapter 37: House of Commons: select committees
  • Chapter 38: House of Commons: general committees
  • Chapter 39: Committees in the House of Lords
  • Chapter 40: Joint committees of the Lords and Commons
PART 7 – Private legislation
  • Chapter 41 to 45



  • Malcolm Jack,
    PhD, Clerk of the House of Commons

Deputy Editor:

  • Mark Hutton,
    Principal Clerk, House of Commons
  • Louise di Mambro,
    LLB (Hons) (Lond), of the Middle Temple, Barrister, Registrar of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Registrar of the Privy Council

Assistant editor(s):

  • Douglas Millar,
    CB, formerly Clerk Assistant, House of Commons
  • Simon Patrick,
    Principal Clerk, House of Commons
  • Christopher Johnson,
    Clerk of the Journals, House of Lords
  • Alan Sandall,
    Formerly Deputy Principal Clerk, House of Commons

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