P. R. Cavill

in The English Parliaments of Henry VII 1485-1504

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573837
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721878 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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Chapter 5 analyses the development of new laws and their passage through parliament. It first discusses bicameralism, bill procedure, in turn addressing the drafting of proposals, the introducing of measures into one house, the adopting of measures by the other house, the making of amendments, the adding of provisos, and the giving of the royal assent. Next it explores lobbying, and the means by which petitioners persuaded royal councillors and others sitting in parliament to support proposals. Then the types of laws that were enacted are discussed. The distinction between public legislation and private legislation is analysed. The identities of individuals and interest groups putting forward legislation and their reasons for so doing are examined.

Keywords: bill procedure; bicameralism; drafting; amendments; provisos; royal assent; lobbying; public legislation; private legislation; interest groups

Chapter.  12781 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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