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Devolution is the process of pushing down decision-making to lower levels within the nation-state. Domestically, it refers to the process of giving the smaller nations...

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Since devolution began, there have been number of challenges to devolved legislation. The initial challenges were brought by individuals seeking to uphold their rights...

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Outline The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA 2004) provides the primary framework for dealing with large-scale emergencies under UK law: • Part 1 of the Act concerns the...

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This Practice Note is concerned only with UK legislation passed by the UK’s legislative bodies—primary legislation, or, with one exception, made under legislation passed...

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Any consultation exercise carried out by a public authority in relation to a proposed decision must be conducted at a time when proposals are at a sufficiently formative...

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In last 10 years annual number of statutory instruments passed grew from 71 to 3,286 statutory instruments, demonstrating the increasing codification of UK law and the...

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Who is the Head of State? The monarch is Head of State and is formally: • the Supreme Executive Officer of the State • the Supreme Governor of the Church of England •...

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The House of Lords is the upper house of Parliament in the United Kingdom. Over the course of the last hundred years, the composition of the House of Lords and the limits...

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STOP PRESS: On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU, with a majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU. The full impact of Brexit...

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The judicial branch The judicial branch of government in England and Wales operates independently of the executive and legislature, and contains the Senior Courts, which...

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STOP PRESS: This Practice Note is currently being reviewed as part of our routine quality control processes. On completion of the review the status of the...

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STOP PRESS: On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU, with a majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU. The full impact of Brexit...

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STOP PRESS: On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU, with a majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU. The full impact of Brexit...

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STOP PRESS: On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU, with a majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU. The full impact of Brexit...

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In brief A great deal of the business of Parliament is carried out by committees of MPs or peers working on a specific subject or task. Public bill committees work...

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This Practice Note considers the rules relating to dissolution, election and summoning of Parliament in the UK. Each Parliament normally lasts for five...

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