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Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Report published; awaiting Government Response
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.
Evidence given by Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office and Rt Hon Mark Lancaster MP, Minister for the Armed Forces
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee publishes report on Parliament's authority to authorise the use of military force