« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »
ability; and now that he is gone, I feel that I cannot better contribute to the fulfilment of his patriotic intention than by inviting the consideration of political students in this Dominion to the governmental institutions of the mother country, as described in these volumes, which claim to present fuller information upon that subject than is obtainable elsewhere.
For the same reason, I venture to hope that my work may be of service to public men in England, inasmuch as, whatever may be its defects or omissions, it is the first attempt that has been ever made to collect and embody, in a systematic form, the laws, usages, and traditions of parliamentary government.
LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT, OTTAWA, CANADA :
Germs of our present Constitution in that of the Saxons
Position of the Privy Council under Parliamentary Government
Counsels of the Crown to be kept secret
Never to be divulged without leave of the Sovereign.
Confidential communications with leaders of the Opposition
Its relation to Parliament
Committees of the Privy Council under the Stuart Kings
Sir W. Temple's plan for remodelling the Privy Council
The King's Council under James II.
Constitutional Government secured by the Revolution of 1688
Notices of the presence of Ministers, and other placemen, in the
Attempts to exclude all placemen from the House of Commons,
Subsequent legislation, permitting Ministers to sit in the House of
Early resort to 'nomination boroughs' to secure seats for Ministers 94
Advantages resulting from the presence of Ministers in Parliament
II. The later history, and present organisation of the Cabinet
(1) Development of the rule requiring unanimity therein.
Coup d'état of the Whigs to thwart the designs of Bolingbroke 104
Divisions in the Cabinet after Queen Anne's death.
(2) Origin and enforcement of total changes in a Ministry, in con-
formity to the expressed opinions of the House of Commons 110
(3) Origin and development of the Prime Minister's office
Condition of the Cabinet, from 1660 to 1783.
Lack of a recognised head to the Ministry during most of this
Departmental system of Government, from before the Revo-
Consequences to the Crown of the consolidation of powers
Its result on the condition of the Cabinet
may hold any