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The Royal Prerogative

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This note sets out the historical background to the Royal Prerogative before describing general prerogative powers and the Crown's personal prerogative powers. It then sets out recent proposals for reform. It does not provide detailed information on individual prerogative powers.

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This note sets out the historical background to the Royal Prerogative before describing general prerogative powers and the Crown's personal prerogative powers. It then sets out recent proposals for reform. It does not provide detailed information on individual prerogative powers.

Commons Briefing papers SN03861

Authors: Oonagh Gay; Lucinda Maer

Topics: Central government, Crown, Parliament

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