On Parliamentary Government in England; Its Origin, Development, and Practical Operation Volume 1

On Parliamentary Government in England; Its Origin, Development, and Practical Operation Volume 1

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...the direction and control of the same, and to inquire how far the Houses of Parliament are constitutionally empowered to interfere therein. Eesponsi-We have already seen e that this was the last of the ministers prerogatives to be surrendered into the custody of forthecon-responsible ministers. Even of late years there have been trol of the r J.. A-my and those who have contended that the administration of the avy' military and naval forces of the kingdom should be left to the unquestioned control of the executive, and that any attempt at interference with the same, by either House of Parliament, under any circumstances, ought to be resisted as unconstitutional.11 But sound doctrine forbids any distinction to be drawn between the exercise of the royal authority over the army and navy, and over other branches of the public service; upon all alike it is equally competent for either House of Parliament to tender its advice, and there can be nothing done in any department of state for which some minister of the crown is not accountable to Parliament. Were any exception to be allowed in the case of the army and navy, it would necessarily follow that the responsibility for their management would fall upon the sovereign directly; but this would be contrary to the constitutional maxim which declares that the king can do no wrong, and is not personally amenable to any earthly tribunal whatsoever.1 It has been suggested that the Commander-in-Chief, and not the advisers of the crown, should be held singly responsible for all acts of military administration. But, as Lord Grey pertinently remarks, this would not materially lessen the inconvenience. 'The holder of that office would stand in a most Comunsafe position, if he could not depend upon the the Forces....
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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544420
  • 9781236544421