The Cabinet Manual

The Cabinet Manual

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The draft Cabinet Manual was published by the Cabinet Office on 14 December 2010. Its development was first announced in February 2010, when, In a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research, The then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, stated that he had asked the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, qto lead work to consolidate the existing unwritten, piecemeal conventions that govern much of the way central government operates under our existing constitution into a single written document.q the concept of a Cabinet Manual appears to have drawn extensively upon experience in New Zealand. The full draft of the Manual (incorporating a revised version of the chapter on elections and government formation) was published with the agreement of the new Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and after its text had been approved by the Cabinet following consideration by the relevant Cabinet sub-committee and was made subject to public consultation. The Cabinet Secretary has stated that he expects to invite Cabinet to endorse a revised version of the Cabinet Manual in the spring of 2011. This report forms the Select Committee on the Constitution's response to the consultation. it is also intended to inform Members of the House about the issues which arise from the Manual's publication.Subject to the following comments, I do not think that the description of constitutional practice in Chapter 2 of the draft Cabinet Manual differs significantly from what I believed the practice to be in 1974 or later while I was in government service.

Title:The Cabinet Manual
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Lords: Select Committee on the Constitution, Stationery Office (U. k.)
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2011-03-07


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