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Title: The practice and procedure of the House of Commons 1660-1714.
Author: Ellis, Kathryn M.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3446 0695
Awarding Body: University of Wales.Aberystwyth
Current Institution: Aberystwyth University
Date of Award: 1993
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Between 1660 and 1714 the House of Commons was gradually gaining primacy in the political state. This thesis seeks to examine the development of the Commons' procedure within this context. Both the internal workings of the Lower Chamber and its relationship with the Crown and the House of Lords are considered. During this period the House of Commons became increasingly conscious of the need to organize its business more efficiently. This led to the standardisation and elaboration of practices and procedures. The format of the working day, debating procedure and the system of voting are examined. Measures taken to encourage the attendance of Members are evaluated as is the attitude taken towards the presence of strangers in the Chamber. The legislative process and the structure and significance of Committees are analysed. Particular attention is given to the House of Commons' financial powers and procedures. The concept of parliamentary financial control is discussed. This period witnessed the establishment of an informal modus vivendi between the two Houses of Parliament. The way in which the Commons achieved control of finance whilst conceding judicial superiori ty to the Lords is examined. The Commons' concern to safeguard privilege and prestige in all formal communications is acknowledged. Following an account of the Speaker's significance as Chairman of debate, the political implications of the position are examined. By reference to the sixteen holders of the Chair, it is made clear tha t the Speakership was freed from Crown control to become a prize of the majority party in the Commons. This development in turn epitomises the growing importance and confidence of the House of Commons during this period
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History