Legislative Highlights of the Parliament 1970–74

  • Ivor Burton
  • Gavin Drewry


A study in breadth of the patterns of legislation in a complete parliament needs to be complemented by analysis in depth of particular bills. Such analysis enables us to examine the wider ramifications of the legislative process. Concentrating upon the ‘highlights’ of a parliament enables us to capture more exactly the flavour of that parliament in terms of the significant legislation it produced; even though the choice of items for inclusion must involve a measure of subjective preference.1


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  1. 7.
    HC deb., vol. 810, col. 159,25 Jan. 1971. The late Speaker, Selwyn Lloyd, in his book, Mr Speaker, Sir (London: Jonathan Cape, 1976) pp. 65–9, describes how he decided when the sitting resumed to call the government motion to suspend the ten o’clock closure rule; the ensuing division effectively broke up the demonstration and avoided further disorder.Google Scholar
  2. 15.
    See chapter 1. Also Butler and Pinto-Duschinsky, op. cit., pp. 75–7; and H. Rose, ‘The Immigration Act 1971: A Case-Study in the Work of Parliament’, Parliamentary Affairs, xxvi (1972/73) 69–91, which provides a useful analysis of the proceedings in their wider context.Google Scholar
  3. 16.
    See B. A. Hepple, ‘Aliens and Administrative Justice: the Dutschke Case’, Modern Law Review, 34 (1971) 501–19.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 20.
    Uwe Kitzinger, Diplomacy and Persuasion (London: Thames & Hudson, 1973); P. Norton, op. cit (1978) chapter 3; Butler and Pinto-Duschinsky, op. cit., pp. 15–20.Google Scholar
  5. 30.
    See Austin Mitchell, ‘Clay Cross’, Political Quarterly, 45 (1974) 165–78.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 37.
    Sir William O. Hart and J. F. Garner (eds), Hart’s Introduction to the Law of Local Government and Administration, 9th edition ( London: Butterworths, 1973 ) p. 239.Google Scholar
  7. 38.
    Bruce Wood, The Process of Local Government Reform 1966–74 (London: Allen & Unwin, 1976) p. 137.Google Scholar
  8. 42.
    See for example L.J. Sharpe, ‘“Reforming” the Grass Roots: An Alternative Analysis’, in D. E. Butler and A. H. Halsey (eds), Policy and Politics: Essays in Honour of Norman Chester (London: Macmillan, 1978) ch. 7.Google Scholar
  9. 50.
    See for instance a recent case-study of an important act passed during this parliament, A. G. Jordan et al. ‘The Origins of the Water Act of 1973’, Public Administration 55 (1977) 317–34, where the authors state (p. 332) that ‘by deliberate omission we have ignored parliament in describing the policy making process on water’.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Ivor Burton and Gavin Drewry 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivor Burton
    • 1
  • Gavin Drewry
    • 1
  1. 1.Bedford CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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