Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

The Role of Parliament in the UK Constitution: Authorising the Use of Military Force inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Deadline for submissions is 11 March 2019.

Scope of the inquiry

The decision to use military force, whether alone or as part on an international coalition is taken by the Government as an exercise of the royal prerogative power.

Parliament has no legal role in authorising the use of military force, however since 2003 Parliament has been asked on a number of occasions to approve the use of military force. This has led some to suggest that the convention governing the use of the royal prerogative has changed to require parliamentary approval.

This inquiry will examine the constitutional underpinning for decisions to use military force.

 

Terms of reference

Latest evidence

Next meeting(s)

30 April 2019 10:00 am

Oral Evidence Session

The Role of Parliament in the UK Constitution: Authorising the Use of Military Force
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Witness(es)

RT Hon Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary 2001-2006
Rt Hon Lord Hague Of Richmond, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State 2010-2014

Location

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