Ministers of the Crown

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Political Science - 379 pages
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In the first work of its kind, Brazier successfully tackles the Herculean task of describing and evaluating contemporary Ministerial life and how it is affected by the law, constitutional convention, and political practice. Ministers of the Crown provides a detailed and concise description of the legal and political position of Ministers, and of their work within the contemporary British governmental system. It covers the daily work of Ministers in their departments and collectivelyin government; their benefits and pay; as well as how politicians prepare themselves for office and the legal and other qualifications which are required for appointment. Detailed coverage is given to Ministers as legislators, how Ministers are required to exercise their legal powers, and the position of Ministers as plaintiffs and defendants. Finally, the loss of office, and its consequences, is considered. As a detailed assessment of Ministerial life this book is invaluable, but Brazier's capacity to bring the Ministerial world to life using a wealth of contemporary and fascinating detail, transforms a potentially dry subject.
  

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Contents

COMPOSITION OF THE GOVERNMENT
3
Act of Settlement 1701
10
MINISTERIAL OFFICES
23
PREPARING FOR OFFICE
45
MINISTERIAL QUALIFICATIONS
61
TAKING OFFICE
79
Act of Union with Scotland 1707
84
MINISTERS PAY AND BENEFITS
89
Board of Education Act 1899 11
201
MINISTERS PREROGATIVE POWERS
203
MINISTERS IN COURT
219
Chequers Estate Act 1917 100
220
Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995
227
Crown Proceedings Act 1947 223 239
239
COMMUNICATING WITH PARLIAMENT
245
RESPONSIBILITY TO PARLIAMENT
261

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
103
MINISTERS IN THEIR DEPARTMENTS
123
MINISTERS AND GOVERNMENT
145
MINISTERS AND THE LAW
167
Administration of Justice Act 1973
168
Courts Act 1971
175
Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 32
178
MINISTERS AND LEGISLATION
181
Defence Transfer of Functions Act 1964 17213
268
LEAVING GOVERNMENT
287
AFTER OFFICE
299
Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988
307
APPENDICES
321
Index
369
Copyright

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Professor Rodney Brazier is Professor of Law at the University of Manchester

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