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Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council
HER MAJESTY\'S MOST HONOURABLE PRIVY COUNCIL, usually known simply as the PRIVY COUNCIL, is a formal body of advisers to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
. Its membership mainly comprises senior politicians , who are current or former members of either the House of Commons or the House of Lords
House of Lords
. The Privy Council formally advises the sovereign on the exercise of the Royal Prerogative , and corporately (as Queen-in-Council
Queen-in-Council
) it issues executive instruments known as Orders in Council , which among other powers enact Acts of Parliament . The Council also holds the delegated authority to issue Orders of Council , mostly used to regulate certain public institutions. The Council advises the sovereign on the issuing of Royal Charters , which are used to grant special status to incorporated bodies, and city or borough status to local authorities
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Elizabeth II Of The United Kingdom
ELIZABETH II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926 ) has been Queen of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, Canada
Canada
, Australia
Australia
, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. Additionally, she is Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession: Jamaica
Jamaica
, Barbados
Barbados
, the Bahamas , Grenada
Grenada
, Papua New Guinea , Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
, Tuvalu , Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines , Belize
Belize
, Antigua and Barbuda , and Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Legislature
A LEGISLATURE is a deliberative assembly with the authority to make laws for a political entity such as a country or city . Legislatures form important parts of most governments ; in the separation of powers model, they are often contrasted with the executive and judicial branches of government. Laws enacted by legislatures are known as legislation . Legislatures observe and steer governing actions and usually have exclusive authority to amend the budget or budgets involved in the process. The members of a legislature are called legislators . In a democracy , legislators are most commonly popularly elected , although indirect election and appointment by the executive are also used, particularly for bicameral legislatures featuring an upper chamber
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Parliament Of The United Kingdom
HM GOVERNMENT * Conservative Party (248)CONFIDENCE AND SUPPLY * Democratic Unionist Party (3)HM MOST LOYAL OPPOSITION * Labour Party (197)OTHER OPPOSITION * Liberal Democrats (100) * Non-affiliated (26) * UKIP (3) * Ind. Labour (2) * Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
(2) * Green Party (1) * Ind. Social Democrat (1) * Ind
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56th Parliament Of The United Kingdom
In modern politics and history, a PARLIAMENT is a legislative , elected body of government. Generally, a modern parliament has three functions: representing the electorate , making laws, and overseeing the government via hearings and inquiries. Although some restrict the use of the word parliament to parliamentary systems , it is also commonly used to describe the legislature in presidential systems (e.g. the French parliament ), even where it is not in the official name. Historically, parliaments included various kinds of deliberative, consultative, and judicial assemblies, e.g. mediaeval parlements
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Queen-in-Council
The KING-IN-COUNCIL or QUEEN-IN-COUNCIL, depending on the gender of the reigning monarch, is a constitutional term in a number of states. In a general sense it would mean the monarch excercising executive authority, usually in the form of approving orders, in the presence of the country's executive council. CONTENTS * 1 Norway * 2 Sweden
Sweden
* 3 The Commonwealth * 4 See also * 4.1 Norway * 4.2 Sweden
Sweden
* 4.3 The Commonwealth * 5 Footnotes NORWAY Main article: Council of State (Norway) In Norway, the "King in Council" (Norwegian : Kongen i statsråd) refers to the meetings of the King and the Council of State (i.e. the Cabinet) where matters of importance and major decisions are made. The council meets at the Royal Palace and is normally held every Friday. It is chaired by the King or, if he is ill or abroad, the Crown Prince
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Non-departmental Public Body
In the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, NON-DEPARTMENTAL PUBLIC BODY (NDPB) is a classification applied by the Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office
, Treasury , the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to quangos (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations). NDPBs are not an integral part of any government department and carry out their work at arm's length from ministers, although ministers are ultimately responsible to Parliament for the activities of bodies sponsored by their department. The term includes the four types of NDPB (executive, advisory, tribunal and independent monitoring boards) but excludes public corporations and public broadcasters ( BBC
BBC
, Channel 4
Channel 4
and S4C
S4C
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Second May Ministry
The SECOND MAY MINISTRY was formed on 11 June 2017 after Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
invited Theresa May
Theresa May
to form a government following the June 2017 snap general election . The election had resulted in a hung parliament after the Conservative Party lost its majority in the House of Commons. On 9 June 2017, May announced her intention to form a Conservative minority government , reliant on the confidence and supply of the Democratic Unionist Party ; a finalised agreement between the two parties was signed and published on 26 June 2017
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Her Majesty's Civil Service
HER MAJESTY\'S HOME CIVIL SERVICE, also known as HER MAJESTY\'S CIVIL SERVICE or the HOME CIVIL SERVICE, is the permanent bureaucracy or secretariat of Crown employees that supports Her Majesty\'s Government , which is composed of a cabinet of ministers chosen by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , as well as two of the three devolved administrations : the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government , but not the Northern Ireland Executive . As in other states that employ the Westminster political system , Her Majesty's Home Civil Service forms an inseparable part of the British government . The executive decisions of government ministers are implemented by HM Civil Service. Civil servants are employees of the Crown and not of the British parliament
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British Government Departments
The Government of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
exercises its executive authority through a number of government departments or departments of state. A department is composed of employed officials, known as civil servants , and is politically accountable through a minister . Most major departments are headed by a secretary of state , who sits in the cabinet , and typically supported by a team of junior ministers. There are also a number of non-ministerial departments. These are headed by senior civil servants, but are linked to a ministerial department through whose ministers they are accountable to Parliament . Departments serve to implement the policies of Her Majesty's Government, regardless of the government's political composition. As a consequence, officials within government departments are generally required to adhere to varying levels of political impartiality and neutrality
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Executive Agency
An EXECUTIVE AGENCY is a part of a government department that is treated as managerially and budgetarily separate, to carry-out some part of the executive functions of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
government , Scottish Government , Welsh Government or Northern Ireland Executive . Executive agencies are "machinery of government" devices distinct both from non-ministerial government departments and non-departmental public bodies (or "quangos "), each of which enjoy a real legal and constitutional separation from ministerial control. The model was also applied in several other countries
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Queen-in-Parliament
The QUEEN-IN-PARLIAMENT (or, during the reign of a male monarch, KING-IN-PARLIAMENT), sometimes referred to as the CROWN-IN-PARLIAMENT or, more fully, in the United Kingdom, as the KING/QUEEN IN PARLIAMENT UNDER GOD, is a technical term of constitutional law in the Commonwealth realms that refers to the Crown in its legislative role, acting with the advice and consent of the parliament (including, if the parliament is bicameral , both the lower house and upper house ). Bills passed by the houses are sent to the sovereign, or governor-general , lieutenant-governor , or governor as her representative, for Royal Assent
Royal Assent
, which, once granted, makes the bill into law; these primary acts of legislation are known as acts of parliament . An act may also provide for secondary legislation , which can be made by the Crown, subject to the simple approval, or the lack of disapproval, of parliament
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House Of Lords
The HOUSE OF LORDS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, also known as the HOUSE OF PEERS, is the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom . Like the House of Commons , it meets in the Palace of Westminster
Palace of Westminster
. Officially, the full name of the house is THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE LORDS SPIRITUAL AND TEMPORAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED. Unlike the elected House of Commons, all members of the House of Lords (excluding 90 hereditary peers elected among themselves and two peers who are ex officio members) are appointed. The membership of the House of Lords
House of Lords
is drawn from the peerage and is made up of Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal
Lords Temporal
. The Lords Spiritual are 26 bishops in the established Church of England
Church of England

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Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (United Kingdom)
The OFFICIAL OPPOSITION SHADOW CABINET (usually known simply as the Shadow Cabinet) is, in British parliamentary practice, senior members of Her Majesty\'s Loyal Opposition who scrutinise their corresponding Government ministers , develop alternative policies, and hold the Government to account for its actions and responses. Since May 2010, the Labour Party has been Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, and its leadership therefore forms the current Shadow Cabinet . Not all Opposition frontbenchers are members of the Shadow Cabinet, which is composed of the most senior Opposition Members (usually around twenty). The Leader of the Opposition , the Opposition Chief Whip and Opposition Deputy Chief Whip are the only Members of the Official Opposition to draw remuneration for their Opposition roles in addition to their salaries as Members of Parliament
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State Opening Of Parliament
The STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT is an event which formally marks the beginning of a session of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
. It includes a speech from the throne known as the QUEEN\'S SPEECH (or KING\'S SPEECH). The State Opening is an elaborate ceremony showcasing British history, culture and contemporary politics to large crowds and television viewers. It takes place in the House of Lords
House of Lords
chamber, usually in May or June, but traditionally in November, in front of both Houses of Parliament. The monarch, wearing the Imperial State Crown
Imperial State Crown
, reads a speech that has been prepared by his or her government outlining its plans for that parliamentary year. A State Opening may take place at other times of the year if an election is held early due to a vote of no confidence in the government
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Prime Minister's Questions
PRIME MINISTER\'S QUESTIONS (often abbreviated to PMQS and officially known as QUESTIONS TO THE PRIME MINISTER) is a constitutional convention in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, currently held as a single session every Wednesday at noon when the House of Commons is sitting, during which the Prime Minister spends around half an hour answering questions from Members of Parliament (MPs). CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Practice * 2.1 Deputy Prime Minister\'s Questions * 2.2 Concerns over noise levels * 3 Leaders at the dispatch box since 1961 * 4 Public perception * 5 References * 6 External links HISTORYAlthough prime ministers have answered questions in parliament for centuries, until the 1880s questions to the prime minister were treated the same as questions to other Ministers of the Crown : asked without notice, on days when ministers were available in whatever order MPs rose to ask them
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