Parliament and devolution

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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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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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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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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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Source of doctrine The origins of the doctrine are often traced to John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government (1689), in which he identified the 'executive' and...

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An important aspect of Parliamentary privilege is that each House has the privilege of controlling its own procedures. There are many rules and customs that affect how...

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This Practice Note provides an introduction to the Northern Ireland Assembly. It considers how its members are elected and how it makes laws. The broader context of...

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This Practice Note provides an introduction to the Scottish Parliament. It considers how its members are elected and how it exercises its law-making powers. Within that...

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This Practice Note provides an introduction to the National Assembly for Wales (Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru), also referred to as the Welsh Assembly. It considers how...

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There is a devolved legislature (and executive branch) in three of the component parts of the United Kingdom. However, the way in which powers are devolved to each of...

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Brexit impact—devolution The UK devolution structures involve complex interaction with EU law and EU competences, and are therefore impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from...

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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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