7.182 Letters Patent are issued from time to
time to signify the Royal Assent to bills and Measures passed
by both Houses of Parliament.
7.183 Royal Assent is usually notified to each
House sitting separately in accordance with the provisions of
the Royal Assent Act 1967. Once Royal Assent has been notified
to both Houses, the bills become Acts of Parliament. If notification
is given on different days to each House, the date of Royal Assent
is the date of notification in the second House.
7.184 Notification is frequently given before
oral questions, but it may take place at any break between two
items of business, or at the end of business, if necessary after
an adjournment. The order in which notification is given is as
follows: supply bills, other public bills, provisional order confirmation
bills, private bills, personal bills, Measures.
7.185 Royal Assent may also be signified by Commission,
as described in appendix H (page 223).
REFUSAL OF ROYAL ASSENT
7.186 The power to refuse Royal Assent was last
exercised in 1708, when Queen Anne refused Her Assent to a bill
for settling the Militia in Scotland.
Record copies of Acts
7.187 Two record copies of each Act are printed,
Public Acts on vellum and Private Acts on durable paper. One copy
is signed by the Clerk of the Parliaments, who endorses it with
the appropriate Norman-French formula.
This copy is preserved in the Parliamentary Archives, the other
in the National Archives.
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See appendix H, page 223. Back