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The Unreformed House of Commons
Parliamentary Representation Before 1832

Volume 1. England and Wales


  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107640047

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  • Originally published in 1903, this two-volume work examines the changes in Parliamentary representation in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland from the time that the House of Commons in England began to have a continuous existence until the Reform Act of 1832. Volume One focuses on the representation of England and Wales and the history of the relationship between Members of Parliament and their constituents, as well as the relationship the House of Commons had with, among others, the monarchy and the press. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of British government and popular representation.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107640047
    • length: 650 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Representation of England and Wales:
    1. Parliamentary representation in 1832
    2. The county franchise
    3. The borough franchises
    4. The electoral map in 1832
    5. University representation
    6. The representation of Wales
    Part II. Relations between Members and Constituents:
    7. Restrictions on the choice of constituencies
    8. Restrictions on choice for the protection of the crown
    9. Men without means excluded from the House of Commons
    10. Office-holders, pensioners, and contractors excluded
    11. Minors and aliens on the exclusion list
    12. The tie between electors and elected
    13. Political relations between members and constituents
    14. Letters between members and constituents
    15. Members, electors, and the civil service
    16. Relations between members and patrons
    Part III. The Crown and the Franchise:
    17. The crown and the franchise - to the end of the sixteenth century
    18. The crown and the franchise - from James I to the Revolution
    19. The crown and the franchise - from the Revolution to the Reform Act
    Part IV. The House and its Usages:
    20. The place of meeting
    21. The speaker
    22. The evolution of the non-partisan speaker
    23. The attitude of the House towards the chair
    24. The officers of the House
    25. The seating of the House
    26. The personnel of the House
    27. Procedure of the House
    28. Relations of the House of Commons to the House of Lords
    29. Relations of the House to the outside world
    30. The House of Commons and the press.

  • Author

    Edward Porritt

    Assisted by

    Annie G. Porritt

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