Norman French

Although English is the language used in Parliament some of the formalities of a Bill's passage through Parliament are written in Norman French. This is because these traditions date back to a time just after the Norman Conquest when Norman French was the official language of Government. Many of the words and phrases used are similar to modern day French. Some examples of the use of Norman French are:

i) 'A ceste Bille les Seigneurs sont assentus' - used to signify that the House of Lords agrees with a House of Commons Bill

ii) 'Ceste Bille est remise aux Seigneurs avecque des raisons' - used when the House of Lords lists the reasons why it does not agree with a House of Commons Bill. The reasons themselves are written in English

iii) 'La Reine le veult' - used to show the Royal Assent.

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