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Old 11-19-2004, 13:53   #1
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Hunting ban forced through Commons (UK)

Hunt ban forced through Commons

Commons Speaker Michael Martin has invoked the Parliament Act meaning a ban on fox hunting will be in place by February 2005.
He told MPs the Act was being used for only the fourth time since 1949 - a move sparked by peers who earlier rejected a ban on hunting with dogs.

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Old 11-19-2004, 14:40   #2
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From Q & A section in story

What is the Parliament Act?

It is the measure which allows MPs to override peers' opposition. It is very, very rarely used. The Lords can delay law plans for a year but if they reject an identical bill in two successive parliamentary sessions, the Parliament Act can be used to push the legislation onto the statute books. It had only been used three times before this week.
So basically if a member of Parliment doesn't get his way on something he can enact the "I'm taking my ball and going home" rule and just pass whatever the hell law he wants??? Does this sound rediculous to anyone else but me?
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