It has emerged recently that tens of new laws were sent to the Prince Of Wales for approval and his opinion before being taken further. A freedom of information request showed that over the past 11 years, the Prince was consulted on 33 different pieces of legislation, whereas it was thought before the number was far lower.
The Prince Of Wales, as Duke Of Cornwall holds certain powers and rights relating to his position as Duke Of Cornwall for the Government to seek his permission and consultation relating to matters of law that affect his Duchy Of Cornwall.
The legislation that the Prince was given a say over included the hunting ban legislation and the Government’s green initiative.
Rulebooks in the House Of Commons state that consultation must be made between the House and the Queen and Prince Charles concerning “the hereditary revenues, personal property or interests of the Crown, the Duchy of Lancaster or Duchy of Cornwall”.
The Prince was most recently asked for his consent for the energy bill in September 2011, which passed into law the Government’s green deal which encourages homeowners to take out a loan to make their house more energy-efficient.
He has even had his permission sought for the more obscure pieces of legislation that some question why the Prince was consulted over, for example the Finance Bill in 2004, which enacted Gordon Brown’s budget as Chancellor for that year.
Last September, Sir Stephen Lamport, his former private secretary, suggeseted people might question the Prince’s “political neutrality” when he becomes King if his private letters to ministers are made public.
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