The impact of Queen's and Prince's Consent on the legislative process - Political and Constitutional Reform Contents


Annex A: terms of reference


The process

1.  When and how are Queen's and Prince's Consent sought? What is the source of the procedure?

2.  Who makes the final determination as to whether Queen's or Prince's Consent is necessary?

3.  For what reasons would Queen's or Prince's Consent be refused?

4.  On what occasions in the past 20 years has the Government advised the Queen or Prince of Wales to refuse Consent and why?

5.  To what extent are Members of Parliament advised on the requirement of Queen's or Prince's Consent when introducing Private Members' Bills?

6.  How does Queen's or Prince's Consent operate in the Devolved Administrations?

The impact

7.  Is there a continuing justification for Queen's or Prince's Consent to be part of the legislative process?

8.  What impact does Queen's or Prince's Consent have on parliamentary scrutiny and debate?

9.  Is there a risk that the requirement of Queen's or Prince's Consent could be seen as politicising the Monarchy? If so, how could this risk be mitigated?

10.  Is there a danger that the process of Queen's or Prince's Consent could be seen as a selective veto for Ministers over Private Members' Bills? If so, how could this risk be mitigated?

11.  Should the requirement of Queen's or Prince's Consent be codified?


 
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