The governance of Britain: war powers and treaties: limiting executive powers
The Stationery Office, Oct 25, 2007 - Political Science - 94 pages
Following on from a Green Paper (Cm. 7170, ISBN 9780101717021) published in July 2007, this consultation document discusses ways of making the executive branch of government more accountable, focusing on two areas: the power to enter into international obligations (treaties) and the power to engage the country in war. Although these are two of the most important powers a government can wield, there is no legal requirement for the House of Commons to have any particular role in these decisions, with the executive traditionally deriving its powers from the ancient prerogatives of the Crown. This consultation paper considers how the role of Parliament can be strengthened in the conduct of diplomacy and armed conflict, whilst balancing this against the need for government to take swift action to protect national security and other national interests, and avoiding undermining operational security and effectiveness. The consultation period ends on 17/01/2008.
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Draft clauses for placing Parliaments role in the ratification of treaties
Ratification of Treaties
Annex A Draft options giving Parliament a formal role in the decision to send
Annex B Other countries ways of securing Parliamentary involvement
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