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Officers of Parliament : transforming the role

Author: Oonagh Gay; Barry K Winetrobe; University College, London. Constitution Unit.
Publisher: London : Constitution Unit, School of Public Policy, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Three constitutional watchdogs at Westminster are known as Officers of Parliament. ... The term is often misunderstood, but is used as a device to denote a special relationship with Parliament, which is designed to emphasise independence of the executive. ... This research project examines the development of the concept of Officers, offers the first 'mapping' of these watchdogs and their interaction with  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oonagh Gay; Barry K Winetrobe; University College, London. Constitution Unit.
ISBN: 1903903181 9781903903186
OCLC Number: 52479704
Description: 79 pages ; 30 cm
Contents: Part I. Introduction and definitions --
Part II. Key characteristics for an Officer of Parliament --
Part III. The Scottish experience --
Part IV. Conclusions --
Appendix 1. Acronyms and abbreviations used in this study --
Appendix 2. Characters of Officers and Almost Officers in the UK Parliament --
Appendix 3. Characteristics of Officers of Parliament in Australia --
Appendix 4. Characteristics of Officers of Parliament in Canada --
Appendix 5. Characteristics of Officers of Parliament in New Zealand.
Responsibility: by Oonagh Gay and Barry K. Winetrobe.

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"Three constitutional watchdogs at Westminster are known as Officers of Parliament. ... The term is often misunderstood, but is used as a device to denote a special relationship with Parliament, which is designed to emphasise independence of the executive. ... This research project examines the development of the concept of Officers, offers the first 'mapping' of these watchdogs and their interaction with Parliament, and considers which body should be recognised as an Officer."--"Executive Summary", p. 7.

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