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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 the structure of UK legislation passed by, or processed through, the UK’s four legislatures. This falls into two...

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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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Brexit: This Precedent contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State...

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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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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member...

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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 document will...

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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member...

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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member...

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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member...

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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 years from the...

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Arguably the most significant of these ‘statutory’ aspects of Parliamentary privilege is freedom of speech in Parliament, which is protected by Article 9 of the Bill of...

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Types of Bill Most Bills are Public Bills, aimed at a change the law as it applies to everyone. Most Public Bills are government Bills, introduced by ministers either as...

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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member...

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It is not possible to successfully argue that an Act of Parliament is invalid because of flaws, or even fraud, in the legislative process. Early origins of the principle...

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Essential to Parliament’s legislative supremacy is the principle that Parliament is not bound by its predecessors, and cannot bind its successors. It follows that, where...

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Bill A Bill is a proposal for a new law or a proposal for an amendment to an existing law which is presented to Parliament for debate. Bills can be presented in either...

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What is a Royal Charter? The term 'Royal Charter' has transformed over time. Originally, a Royal Charter was a procedure by which the Crown could grant corporate...

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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member...

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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member...

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