Bills and Acts: Legislative procedure in Eighteenth-Century by Sheila Lambert

By Sheila Lambert

The eighteenth century witnessed either a striking raise within the quantity of laws handed in each one parliamentary consultation as a reaction to the altering fiscal and social weather, and the advance of latest kinds of parliamentary perform which foreshadowed the far better identified thoughts of the 19th century. as a result, Parliament received a lot better effect over the standard lifetime of the neighborhood, and the recent occupation of parliamentary agent constructed to help landowners and native groups of their dealings with Parliament. The research centres around the paintings of Robert Harper of Lincoln's resort, an eminent conveyancer whose energetic profession as one of many first parliamentary brokers spanned part the century. pass over Lambert describes intimately Harper's vital selection of published parliamentary papers, utilizing them to throw mild at the nature of the proof supplied by way of published accounts. She demonstrates how this proof can be used to virtue together with Parliamentary files, really in learning neighborhood, financial and kin background.

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2 P. D. G. Thomas, 'The beginning of parliamentary reporting in the newspapers, 1 768-1 784', English Hist. , lxxiv ( 1 959), 623-36. 3 The London Magazine ( 1 770), pp. 62 1-4, 656-8. The article is a competent, if rather formal, summary of some of the main procedural points, probably based on George Petyt's Lex Parliamentaria. 27 Treatises and handbooks of forms, giving the appropriate form of words for a petition, order of reference, certificate of swearing a witness, brief for the judges, judges' report, and brief of the bill for the lord chancellor.

1 30, based on Courthope, pp. xi-xiii. The proportion of private and local bills over public bills going to select committees increased very markedly during the eighteenth century, so that his calculations based on 1698-g do not hold good for very long. His proportion of eighteen private to twenty-two public committees for 1698 is arrived at by including in the latter category twelve select committees of enquiry, which in the eighteenth century were usually separately remunerated; see the long list, Clerical Organization, pp.

Thomas, 'The beginning of parliamentary reporting in the newspapers, 1 768-1 784', English Hist. , lxxiv ( 1 959), 623-36. 3 The London Magazine ( 1 770), pp. 62 1-4, 656-8. The article is a competent, if rather formal, summary of some of the main procedural points, probably based on George Petyt's Lex Parliamentaria. 27 Treatises and handbooks of forms, giving the appropriate form of words for a petition, order of reference, certificate of swearing a witness, brief for the judges, judges' report, and brief of the bill for the lord chancellor.

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