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Fascinating special issue of the journal Parliamentary History is out. Issue 2 of volume 27 contains texts and studies relating to Parliament in the long 15th century. Articles cover Parliamentary privilege, elections, payment, and other issues. Three appendices cover a calendar of disputes over wages, a list of peers and members of the commons mentioned in the documents, and and a list of parliaments from 1376-1514.
This period includes the period of the devestation and depopulation relating to the Black Death, the War of the Roses, and the rise of the Tudors.
UK Counter-terrorism bill
Parliament is debating a new counter-terrorism bill, it had it's second reading on the 1st. The main elements of the bill are:
- a provision to allow the pre-charge detention of terrorist
suspects to be extended from 28 days to 42 days in certain
- changes to enable the post-charge questioning of terrorist suspects and the drawing of adverse inferences from silence
requirements on people convicted of terrorist offences to let
authorities know where they are living and any changes to their
- enhanced sentencing of offenders who commit offences with a terrorist connection
- provision for inquests and inquiries to be heard without a jury."
By the way, Parliament has a wonderful bill site, no?
English statutes cleaned up
In the UK, Parliament takes an axe to the laws to eliminate the archaic and obsolete laws. Article here:
"Legal clean-out purges old laws
By Michael Peel, Legal Correspondent
Published: March 19 2008 03:50 | Last updated: March 19 2008 03:50
of allegedly obsolete laws on subjects ranging from the East India
Company to servants who impersonate their masters would be scrapped
under plans before parliament.
The Ministry of Justice said the
pruning of “meaningless and defunct laws” would remove all or part of
328 acts of parliament, although it will leave in force legal oddities
such as the rights of British monarchs to the heads and tails of whales
caught off the country’s shores."
Hansard's Parliamentary Debates
The UK Parliament is planning to put 200 years of its debates online. All
Hansard reports from 1804 through 2004 are scheduled to be digitized
and posted. Currently, Handsard debates from November 1988 are
available at the Parliament web site.