access, right of



access, right of defined in 1939 year

access, right of - Access, right of;
access, right of - In the British Parliament, the privilege of direct intercourse with the sovereign is still formally claimed by the Speaker as one of the " ancient and undoubted rights and privileges " of the Commons. It is a relie of the time when the King took a much more direct part in the government of the country than he does to-day. Then hia refusal to hear a man, or still more to hear a petition of the Commons, might have caused serious difficulties; hence steps were taken to keep the right alive. Right of access is only enjoyed by tho House of Commons collectively, i.e. through their Speaker, but peers and privy councillors have an individual right of access to tho sovereign. See Commons, House of.

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