Constitutional History of England
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...separated. Often the pressure of business was so great that there were two secretaries appointed. There was no definite cabinet in the Tudor period, and the sovereign decided without outside influence with what persons he would consult, changing often with time or subject and often from personal caprice, yet all the processes of government were gradually assuming a more modem aspect. So it was also of the connection between council and parliament. Parliament did not influence, and had no means of influencing, either the membership or the policy of the council. But the members of the council were members of one house or the other, and had a controlling influence upon the decisions of parliament, to which at certain periods they gave great attention. The relation between the council and parliament may be illustrated by legislation of great importance in the constitutional history of Ireland and of considerable interest in more recent controversies. In 14-95 the Irish parliament passed a statute one provision of which was that no parliament should meet in Ireland until the king and his council had approved of the meeting and of the acts which were to be passed.2 This statute, known as Poynings' law, came later to interfere very seriously with the liberty of the Irish parliament, but at the time of its adoption it enacted nothing which was not also true of England. No English parliament could meet without the approval of the king and his council, and when it met it still had no initiative, at least before the very end of the period, and passed only what would be called today government bills. Based upon the original legislative right of the council, a considerable extension took place in the sixteenth century, not of the principle but of the...
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