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This is the text of the Parliamentary Control of the Executive Bill, as presented to the House of Commons on 22nd June 1999.
Parliamentary Control of the Executive Bill
B I L L
Make the exercise of certain powers of Ministers of the Crown subject to control by the House of Commons.
BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
|Exercise of Crown prerogatives.|| 1. - (1) The following powers of Ministers of the Crown, relating to or entailing the use of the Crown prerogative, shall not be exercised on any occasion unless the assent of the House of Commons has first been obtained in accordance with section 2- |
| (2) A Minister of the Crown shall not, whether through the exercise of a statutory power or through the exercise of the Crown prerogative, appoint a person to chair a public body unless the assent of the House of Commons has first been obtained in accordance with section 2.|
|Motions in pursuance of section 1.|| 2. Proposals for the exercise of the powers referred to in section 1 shall be published and submitted to the House of Commons in the form of a motion requiring an affirmative resolution before they shall have legal effect or come into force.|
|Parliamentary investigation officer.|| 3. - (1) For the purposes of enabling the House of Commons to take informed decisions on motions moved under section 2, there shall be a Parliamentary investigation officer with powers to send for any papers and records within the responsibility of a Minister of the Crown which may relate to proposals for the exercise of the powers referred to in section 1.|
| (2) The Parliamentary investigation officer shall- |
| (3) Nothing in this section shall require or permit any person to do or to procure the doing of any thing which would be an offence under the Official Secrets Act 1989.|
|Short title.|| 4. This Act may be cited as the Parliamentary Control of the Executive Act 1999.|
|© Parliamentary copyright 1999||Prepared 2 July 1999|