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Ministers and ParliamentAccountability in Theory and Practice$
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Diana Woodhouse

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198278924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278924.001.0001

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The Requirement for Resignation

The Requirement for Resignation

(p.42) (p.43) 3 The Requirement for Resignation
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Ministerial resignations are frequently called for, most often by the opposition as part of a standard demand for ministerial accountability, but seldom proffered. Indeed, in the period from World War II to 1979, there were only eleven resignations which could be attributed to the convention of individual ministerial responsibility. However, despite the lack of resignations, the language used, both inside the House and in the media, has continued to assume that there is a constitutional requirement for resignation. The House of Commons has still been seen as having some sort of a punitive authority as distinct from a mere right to information. Furthermore, the way in which a resignation is interpreted also depends upon the scheme of analysis used.

Keywords:   ministers, resignations, opposition, convention, accountability, House of Commons, responsibility

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