Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Constitution and Government
  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The supreme legislative power of the British Empire is vested in Parliament. Parliament is summoned by the writ of the sovereign issued out of Chancery, by advice of the Privy Council, at least 20 days previous to its assembling.


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Books of Reference

Books of Reference concerning Great Britain and Ireland: 1. Official Publications

  1. The annual and other publications of the various Public Departments, and the Reports, etc., of Royal Commissions and Parliamentary Committees. [These may be obtained from MM. Stationery Office.]Google Scholar
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2. Non-Official Publications

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  1. Blue Guidas. Scotland. London, 1927.Google Scholar
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Northern Ireland

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  1. Bowen (E. G.), Wales : A Study in Geography and History. Cardiff, 1941.Google Scholar
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Isle Of Man and the Channel Islands

  1. Memorandum prepared by the Attorney-General on the constitutional position of the Isle of Man with relation to the Imperial Government. Douglas, 1944. Nos Îles, (The Channel Islands Study Group.) Teddington, 1944.Google Scholar
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  3. Brown’s Guide to the Isle of Man. Douglas.Google Scholar
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  8. Maughr.(R. C. F.), The Island of Jersey To-day. London. 1938.Google Scholar
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1947

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