Government to keep remaining Royal prerogative powers

October 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

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by ePolitix.com

The remaining Royal prerogative powers are unlikely to be abolished or reformed, according to the Ministry of Justice.

In a report issued on Thursday, the ministry said that the continued existence of the powers has “no significant negative effects” and in many cases is “positively useful”.

It added that the government “has concluded that it is unnecessary, and would be inappropriate, to propose further major reform at present”.

The review concluded that legislation to reform them “could itself give rise to new risks: of unnecessary incursions into civil liberties on the one hand, or of dangerously weakening the state’s ability to respond to unforeseen circumstances on the other”.

Gordon Brown’s ‘Governance of Britain’ programme initiated reform of some of the prerogative powers which have attracted most attention and criticism in recent years.

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