CONSENT OF THE CROWN
7.177 Where a bill affects the prerogative or
interest of the Crown, the Consent of the Crown is required and
in respect of public bills must be signified to the House by a
minister who is a Privy Counsellor. This Consent places the Crown's
prerogative and interest at the disposal of Parliament for the
purposes of the bill, but does not imply that the Crown approves
the provisions that require its Consent.
7.178 A bill affecting the interests of the Duchy
of Cornwall or the Duchy of Lancaster requires Consent, unless
the Crown's Consent has been obtained and the effect on the Duchy
is not distinct from that on the Crown. In such a case Consent
is given by the Crown on behalf of each Duchy or, when the Prince
of Wales is of age, by Him as Duke of Cornwall.
7.179 In the case of a bill affecting the prerogative
of the Crown, Consent is signified before the motion for second
reading. If a bill affects the interests of the Crown but not
the prerogative, the normal practice is to signify Consent on
third reading in order to take account of any amendments made
to the bill.
7.180 The Consent of the Crown may also be signified
on consideration of Commons amendments if it has not been previously
signified and one of the Commons amendments makes it necessary.
MEASURES AND PRIVATE BILLS
7.181 Consent of the Crown may also be required
in respect of a Measure or a private bill (see paragraphs 7.219