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This week’s event announcement is below.
Ceding Power to the Executive: the Resurrection of Henry VIII
Location: Great Hall, King’s Building, Strand Campus
12 April 2016, 18:00-19:00
Registration URL HERE.
The sovereignty of Parliament is the core principle of the British constitution. The proliferation of Henry VIII clauses and the limitation on the powers of either House to scrutinise and reject them undermines this principle.
In this lecture Lord Judge addresses the diminution of parliamentary control over the executive.
The term Henry VIII clause, derived from the Statute of Proclamations 1539, has over the years come to be regarded as the high water mark of Parliamentary subservience. To this day, provisions which provide ministers with the power to change primary legislation through delegated legislation are described as Henry VIII clauses. Yet modern Henry VIII clauses go much further than the Statute of Proclamations ever permitted.
The lecture will be followed by a reception.
See the lecture poster HERE.