British Parliament

Located in London, the British Parliament is the reigning legislative body for the United Kingdom.

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What is the ruling party of british parliament?

Since May 6th 2010, there has been no "ruling" political party in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. In order to command a majority (and thus be the "ruling" party), it is necessary for a party to have 326 seats in the House of Commons. At the last election, no party was able to win 326 seats - presently, the Conservative & Unionist Party has the most seats (306; sometimes incorrectly given as 307), giving them 49 seats more than their nearest rival the Labour Party. Presently, the Conservatives are governing in a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, and together the ruling bloc have 363 seats - in British terms, this means they have an overall majority of 77. Prior to May 6th, the Labour Party had commanded a majority in the House since 1997, with 349 seats and an overall majority of 52 before the election.

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Anyone know of artist patricia sackville Hamilton arca?

Mary Grizel Boyle

Born: 2 Nov 1924

Father: Col Cecil Alexander Boyle CIE, DSO

  • Born: 28 Mar 1888 in London
  • Died: 1 Jul 1941

Mother: Gladys Mary (Dulcie) Benn (only daughter of Lt-Col Robert Arthur Benn, CIE, of Alassio, Italy)

Husband: Lt-Col James Berkeley Sackville Hamilton, MA, RE (elder son of Col Sackville William Sackville Hamilton, DSO, MBE, of Baynard House, Upwey, Dorset)

  • Born: 28 May 1923
  • Married: 10 Dec 1947
  • Children:
    • Charles Patrick Sackville Hamilton
      • Born: 9 December 1949
      • Married: Heather Goodwin
    • Andrew James Sackville Hamilton
      • Born: 17 November 1951
      • Married: Catherine Davidson
    • Nigel Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton
      • Born: 23 July 1953
      • Married: Charmian A G Hunter (daughter of Col J J G Hunter, of Codford St. Mary, Wiltshire) in 1983
    • Patricia Margaret Sackville Hamilton
      • Born: 1 Feb 1956
      • Married: Richard Hall (son of W W L Hall, of Burythorpe, North Yorkshire) in 1982


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The first continental congress set what deadline for the british parliament to respond?

May 10,1775

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Why did the british parliament pass the townshend acts?

The Townshend Acts applied duties (taxes) to paper, paint, lead, glass, and tea imported by the colonies. Townshend had studied the colonist's distinction between internal and external taxes and he believed his duties were external as none of the products, except tea, could be made in the colonies. The colonists did not agree with his thinking and the result was a colonial boycott against British products. Trade between England and America fell off by 50 percent as a result of the boycott. The British merchants complained to Parliament who repealed the Townshend Duties except the tax on tea.
Because he would'nt make colonists pay for soilderss
Basically, the Britain put taxes on tea, glass, led, paper, and in some places

sugar, but the colonist got mad and that is basically what is is...... Sorry i

cant help much =(
to pay services in the colonies
the townshend act was started in order to avoid various problems of the stamp act. The new taxes only applied to imported goods when the stamp act applied to internal taxes, the colonist refused to pay the stamp act tax, terefore the townshend act was started

-Suzy T.

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The Declaration of Independence is primarily what description of a new system of government list of grievances against the King of England and the British Parliament plan for organizing the colonies?

list of grievances against the king of England and the british parialment

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What is the Doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty?

The doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty is that a nation/state's legislative body is not subject to judicial review by a court. Nation/States that follow Parliamentary Sovereignty include New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Otherwise, acts and statutes passed by a nation's legislative body may be declared unconstitutional as in the United States and France.

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The British parliament general election is held every what years?

Since September 2011, UK law has dictated that general electionsshouldbe held on the first Thursday in May every five years from 2010 onwards.

It is possible for an election to be held earlier, however. If the Government of the day should be defeated on a motion of no confidence or fail to pass a budget in the House of Commons, then it must either resign (in which case the opposition parties must try to form a government) or call an early election. The nature of British politics means that should this happen (which it has only once in modern history, in 1979) an early election is virtually guaranteed. However, after such an early election, the date of all future elections would be five years to the day of that one. However, the Prime Minister reserves the right to postpone the election by up to two months with the consent of both houses of Parliament.

An early election can also be called if at least 423 (65%) members of the House of Commons vote in favour of holding one. This is unlikely to happen; no government since the end of World War II has had this many MPs (the closest is Tony Blair's Labour government, which had the support of 421).

It should be noted that before the law change in September 2011, an election had to be called five years after the first meeting of a newly elected Parliament, but other than that the Prime Minister had complete freedom to call an election whenever he or she wished to do so. This meant it was common for popular governments to hold elections after four years instead of three and indeed, the average time between general elections in the 20th century was just under 4 years.

The opposition Labour Party has supported reducing the time between elections from 5 years to 4. An attempt to change the law to this end by three opposition parties, including Labour, was defeated by a margin of 315 - 242 in 2011. It is possible however that the next Labour government will introduce this change.

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What is the legislative body in England?

Parliament Which consists of two houses - the House of Commons (lower house) and the House of Lords (upper house) and is therefore a bicameral system. In addition legislation needs Royal assent from the Sovereign In effect politically the House of Commons has the power, the House of Lords has limited powers and the Sovereign acts on advice from his/her ministers.


For all practical purposes, the House of Commons makes the laws in the Untied Kingdom.

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What is called when laws and order issued by the king and British parliament?

A joke?

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What year did British Parliament pass the stamp act?

in year 100

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British Parliament US congress and California state are all examples of what type of government?

British Parliament, the U.S. Congress, and California state are all examples of unitary governments.

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List British Couturiers in 2006?

Oswald Boateng

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What does the british Parliament consist of?

When were the buildings of the Houses of Parliament first built?

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Under what circumstances should the Constitution be amended?

When either 2/3 of both houses or 2/3 of the states "deem it necessary" is the only limitation placed on the amending of the US Constitution. Very careful consideration has been used to date in making such changes.

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Why do members stand up in british parliament?

because they want that

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Why did the British Parliament pass The Sugar Act?

The Molasses Act of 1733 and the Sugar Act of 1764, which were the last of the Navigation Acts, could not keep exclusive control of trade in British hands, and contributed to the movements for independence in America.

The Navigation Acts were a series of Parliamentary laws passed to control the trade of England's colonies. The original laws were enacted as a response to the success of Dutch shipping, even after the conquest of New Netherland by the British in 1674.

Unfortunately, in trying to legislate an end to competition, the Navigation Acts had economic impacts on the fledgling American colonies.

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American importers were not paying the excessively high duty that had been placed on Sugar (molasses) by the Molasses Act of 1733. They found it cheaper to pay bribes of a penny or so per gallon, to the customs collectors. When George Grenville became Prime Minister, he had Parliament overhaul the old act with a new Sugar Act, 1764. The new act lowered the tax on sugar entering the colonies, but it also created a new system for enforcing the act, making sure that the lowered duties would be collected. In New England, where molasses was a major trade item used in making various drinks as well as a sweetener, there was immediate concern. A Boston town meeting declared that the city would boycott (not purchase) all British imports to that colony. Other New England cities, including New York, followed Boston's lead. American Colonists granted Parliament the right to regulate trade but the colonists declared that the Sugar Act was an attempt to raise money in the colonies, something that colonists believed only colonial legislatures could do. They pointed to the official title of the Sugar Act--The American Revenue Act of 1764. Hence, the Americans, for perhaps the first time, raised the cry that they could not be taxed by a political body that did not represent them. They elected representatives to their assemblies, but not to Parliament. The cry, "No taxation without representation" would become a rallying cry for those favoring independence. In 1766, the British government reduced the duty on sugar to one penny (what had been the "traditional" bribe), and protest in New England began to subside.

The Sugar Act was passed on April 5th1764. The act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain. The act put three cents on refined sugar as well as an increased tax on coffee, indigo, and types of wine. Although the act added on three cents to the original price of the sugar, it was lower than the previous Molasses act. Although this seemed like a good deal, it was definitely not.

The British highly enforced the law so that smuggling would be avoided. Despite the enforcement, colonists managed to sneak some sugar into their hands. This Act was passed so that the colonists would buy and trade with the British instead of with other colonies. Some of the leaders in the colonies boycotted the goods produced by Britain. As soon as this happened, many colonists caught on with the trend and also stopped buying from Britain. The people of the colonies believed that if they all did not buy the products of Britain then they would lower the prices of the sugar.

The Sugar act was repealed in 1766. It helped the colonists learn that if they all believed in the same thing and worked together, they could get things done. Te colonists were thrilled that the Sugar Act was repealed and that they might have made a difference.

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Whats an act of Parliament?

The Parliament Acts are two Acts of Parliament of the United Kingdom, passed in 1911 and 1949, that form part of the Constitution of the United Kingdom. The first Parliament Act, the Parliament Act 1911 (1 & 2 Geo. 5. c. 13), asserted the supremacy of the House of Commons by limiting the legislation-blocking powers of the House of Lords (the suspensory veto). Provided the provisions of the Act are met, legislation can be passed without the approval of the House of Lords. Additionally, the 1911 Act amended the Septennial Act to reduce the maximum permitted time between general elections from seven years to five years. The first Parliament Act was amended by the second Parliament Act, the Parliament Act 1949 (12, 13 & 14 Geo. 6. c. 103), which further limited the power of the Lords by reducing the time that they could delay bills, from two years to one. The Parliament Acts have been used to pass legislation against the wishes of the House of Lords on only seven occasions since 1911, including the passing of the Parliament Act 1949. Doubts that existed in academic circles concerning the validity of the 1949 Act were refuted in 2005 when members of the Countryside Alliance unsuccessfully challenged the validity of the Hunting Act 2004, which had been passed under the auspices of the Act. In October 2005, the House of Lords dismissed the Alliance's appeal against this decision, with an unusually large panel of nine Law Lords holding that the 1949 Act was a valid Act of Parliament.

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Does the unwritten nature of the British Constitution mean that it is not entrenched if so is that an advantage or disadvantage of the constitution? a way yes because the British Parliament is supreme..however,following the European Communities Act 1972, some academicians argue that Parliamentary Supremacy has been upsurp. this is so as EU law is now binding on UK courts n the UK Parliament would have to amend laws that contradict EU law..However, the ECA 1972 at most represents another Act of Parliament and can be repealed or amended by a later Parliament as one parliament does not bind another. However, this will be politically unpopular. an unritten constitution will also automatically update itself n evolve with time

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What type of political system exists in the UK?

The UK has a democratically-elected parliament.

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What is the name of the two state houses of parliament?

That would depend on the Country in question. For example in the UK the House of Common and the House of Lords make up Parliament. In Canada the upper house is the Senate and the lower house is called the House of Commons. In both countries the people directly elect represenatives to the House of Commons. Canada's Senate is comprised of 105 Seats appointed by the Governor General with the advise of the Prime Minister and each position serves until the age of 75.
The House of Commons and the House of Lords

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What is the difference between parliament and congress?

A Congress, such as in the US, is responsible for making laws and works seperately from the part of government which executes them (which is led by the President). At elections, candidates for each party hoping to win control over a district are chosen in primaries before the subsequent election. Because of the emphasis on individuals, party discipline tends to be relatively relaxed. The members can't remove the President from power except with impeachment, which is only possible if he abuses his power.

In a Parliament, such as in the UK, some of the members work in the part of the government which executes them. This includes the Prime Minister, the leader of the ruling party, and the Cabinet, who all belong in the Parliament. As the Prime Minister must retain support of the majority of members (or else be removed by a "Vote of No Confidence"), party discipline tends to be strict. Political parties decide who their candidates are for each district, and their favourite nominees are often nominated for the safest seats.

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What is the list of grievances against the King in the Declaration of Independence?

there were 27 grievances against the King.

These are: . The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavoured(sic) to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands. He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers. He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation: -For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

-For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

-For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

-For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

-For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

-For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences

-For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies:

-For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

-For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat(sic) the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured(sic) to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

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What two symbols are for Dick House in Jackass?

The symbol for Jackass is the "Skull and Crutches" and the sign for Dickhouse is the Rainbow with The word "Dickhouse" under it in Bold white letters.

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How does Parliament limit the British monarchy?

The balance of powers in Britain is much like that of the United States; it was actually what inspired the founding fathers in the development of American politics. The parliament can prevent the Prime Minister from passing bills, much like the American congress can prevent the president from signing bills into law.

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What role does the king play in today's british parliament?

In present day Britain the king actually has no role in parliament technically the king and queen of Great Britain have no power at all regarding parliament or enforcing laws all they can do is approve laws and regulate some the U.K.'s currency.


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