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The Oxford History of the Laws of England: Volume XI1820–1914 English Legal System$
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William Cornish, J Stuart Anderson, Ray Cocks, Michael Lobban, Patrick Polden, and Keith Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258819.001.0001

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(p.301) I Parliament
The Oxford History of the Laws of England: Volume XI

Stuart Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Parliament as a law maker — what had to be done to turn a proposal into a law. It begins with the Commons, and particularly with the relation between the Commons and the government. It was trite law throughout the 19th century that Parliament's sovereignty gave its laws a finality no other rule-making possessed, and trite politics that the Commons was the primary initiating chamber. Well before 1914 the government came to possess a near monopoly of access to this legislative machinery, which was different from the near veto power it possessed in 1820.

Keywords:   Commons, Parliament, English law, House of Lords, private bill legislation, legal history

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