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Question: Gladstone told Parliament that its business was “not to govern the country but to call to account those who govern it”.

Discuss and illustrate this statement.

Answer: The Convention of collective cabinet responsibility emphasises the unanimity of government and its accountability to Parliament. Bagehot in 1887, called the cabinet...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: English Legal System
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1542
  • Date submitted: February 05, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2751

Question: 'The devolution of power to the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales has removed both legal and political power from London.'

Evaluate this statement.

Answer: Devolution defined in 1973 by the Royal Commission on the Constitution as ‘the delegation of central government powers without the relinquishment of...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Public Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 2747
  • Date submitted: April 25, 2008
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2735

Question: ‘THE CONVENTIONS GOVERNING MINISTERIAL RESPONSIBILITY ARE UNCERTAIN IN SCOPE AND INADEQUATE TO PROVIDE PROPER SAFEGUARDS AGAINST INCOMPETENCE OR IMPROPRIETY.’ DISCUSS.

Answer: As we have learnt from out study of conventions, it would be very difficult to track down every convention relevant to ministerial...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: English Legal System
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 2142
  • Date submitted: September 05, 2008
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2708

Question: HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM?

Answer: In order to define our own constitution, it is primarily necessary to define what a constitution is in general. Typically, a constitution...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: English Legal System
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1870
  • Date submitted: May 05, 2008
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2707

Question: Does the UK have a constitution? Does it matter?

Answer: A Constitution can be defined as the rules and practices that determine the composition and functions of the organs of central and...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Public Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1402
  • Date submitted: May 05, 2008
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2698

Question: Assess the extent to which the various current proposals to reform the House of Lords have been successful and to what extent might such reforms achieve a more democratic and independent situation.

Answer: The most radical reforms, or proposed reforms, taking place in Britain can clearly be seen to be within the House of Lords...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: English Legal System
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1471
  • Date submitted: February 05, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2694

Question: 'In British constitutional theory and practice there is a clear-cut distinction between law and convention. Law derives from common law and statute, and is enforceable by the courts. Convention derives from constitutional principle and practice and is not enforceable by the courts. Law remains in force until changed by statute. Convention may change with changing times. Law, at least if statutory, is ascertainable in precise form. Convention is often imprecise and may be nowhere formulated in categorical terms.' (Professor H.W.R. Wade) -

Is this an accurate explanation of the distinctive nature of law and convention in relation to the British constitution?

Answer: Dicey probably gave the most accurate description of what conventions actually are when he stated that "conventions [are] understandings, habits, or practices...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: English Legal System
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1373
  • Date submitted: April 25, 2008
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2687

Question: Using actual situations describe the elements of actus reus and mens rea in criminal law. Comment on the importance of those two elements in relation to murder and manslaughter.

Answer: Criminal Law, branch of law that defines crimes and fixes punishments for them. Also included in criminal law are rules and procedures...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 9997
  • Date submitted: July 07, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1806

Question: Critically evaluate the defence of provocation

Answer: Provocation is a specific defence, only available for murder, and is defined under s3 of the homicide Act 1957. The definition of...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 654
  • Date submitted: July 04, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1764

Question: “Whist ultimately the courts and case law will resolve any dispute which arises, Financial Services and the Financial Services sector have skilfully employed contract law at every opportunity in an endeavour to ensure disputes can be avoided.” Assess the accuracy of this claim.

Answer: The courts have up held the law and have administered justice in this country using case law, case law’s assistance helps courts...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Contract Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1707
  • Date submitted: July 04, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1763

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