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THE CONSTITUTION AND ITS MOVEMENTS. Nature and elements of the Inquiry.
Necessity of studying institutions in their working, development,
and mutual dependence. Moral as well as legal elements in the Constitution. Sources of information as to its variable elements:—
Acts of Parliament,
Current interpretations of acknowledged principles, as shown in
'deliberate utterances of statesmen, comments of scientific writers, - manifestations of popular feeling, reports of executive acts and their reception by Parliament and the public. Organic unity of the Constitution.
Necessity of treating every part of it in its relation to all the other parts.
THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT.
Section I.—Composition And Mutual Relations Op The
Parliament the organ of Constitutional change.
THE HOUSE OF LORDS:
'as a Judicial Body:—
| Appellate Jurisdiction Act of 1876.
(Incidental creation of IAfe Peers by the Act.
I Contest with the Commons on Paper Duties Repeal.
THE HOUSE OP COMMONS:
Notions of representation.
Transition from class representation to individual representation.
I The Ballot Act.
\ The Parliamentary Elections Act. Modern controversies as to the functions of Representatives:—
1. Delegacy and Pledges.
2. Representation of Minorities. Political Associations.
I. Its historic origin.
Section. II.—Privileges And Order Of Proceedings.
Avenues of communication between the House and the public :—
Publication of Proceedings.
Disciplinary powers of the House :—
Right of the House to sentence for contempt.
Compoting claims of Government and private members:
The half-past twelve rule.
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Supply:—Four stages of procedure :— (1.) Committee of Supply. (2.) Committee of Ways and Means. (3.) The Appropriation Bill. (4.) Committee of Public Accountt. Procedure of the House of Lords.
Section HI.—Home Legislation.
1. Removal of religious disqualifications:—
'Emancipation of Catholics, Protestant Dissenters, and Jews.
Abolition of Ecclesiastical Courts of Probate and Divorce.
-J. Readjustment of Endowments and Charters:—
3. Economic Legislation, bearing on :—
'(1.) The Bank of England and other Banks.
(5.) Taxation and the National Debt.
4. Fresh delimitations of Central and Local Government:—
'The Parish and the Union.