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The cabinet.

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Q2 - The cabinet A) Cabinet committees provide a framework for collective consideration of and decisions on major policies and issues of public interest. This enables decisions to be fully considered by those ministers most closely concerned in a way that the government as a whole can be accepted to accept responsibility for them. The prime minister chooses the people to be in the cabinets and also they affect how much power and what type of committee they are. Some PM's place a great deal of emphases on them, some don't. The prime minister controls what type of committees goes on and who is involved. However cabinets exist because the prime minister cannot specialise in everything and so cabinets are they to inform the prime minister of all the details. Sometimes after this the prime minister will then make his decision, sometimes the PM will consult the members in the cabinet when making the decision. B) It is quite clear that the U.K has cabinet governments because the workload would be much too much for one leader to be able to cope with. ...read more.

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The cabinet also keeps the power of the MP's to a minimum so that any leadership challenges are kept to a minimum. c) The formal powers of the PM are considerable. Hmmm... The PM's powers are quite hard to judge because in the almighty Britain, we don't have a constitution outlining the powers such as the U.S constitution. This makes it quite hard to judge how much power the PM has and how much Power he is meant to have. Formally the powers are quite considerable because the only person whose powers even come close to that of the PM's are of course the beloved Queen's:). She can official impose limitations on certain parts of the PM's power and Parliament can impose limits on other parts of his power so that limits him a bit. The Pm can for instance take us to war without Parliament but technically the Queen still has control over the troops and can stop this. However the problem we face here is even though she could technically do it, in most circumstances it would be a politically suicidal move. ...read more.

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so each PM has to do things the party wants and what the party wants is to get re-elected so it is hard for the PM to do anything which the party is not in favour of (for this little exam just disregard the whole recent little Iraq thingy). His rivals in the party will have support from some of the Mp's so that is another way for parliament to stop the Pm from using his power since he himself cannot make laws, they all have to go though Parliament and then though Lords again. In conclusion, the PM's powers are uncharted since we don't have anything exactly outlining everything, however even though the Pm has quite a lot of power as demonstrated he can't use that power for anything he wants since there are many road blocks that can limit and block his power. At the end of the day the Party with the biggest majority is the thing with the biggest power because that party as an entity can decide who will be prime minister and can also pass though any laws it wants though Parliament although the Lords will even still cap the parties power. ...read more.

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